Leading or Managing?
Leaders are raised, not born.
Leadership is an art and a science.
Leadership is more art than science; management is more science than art.
Both leaders and managers get the important things done.
Leaders influence people; managers influence numbers.
Understanding the differences and building skills in both leadership and management is essential to live a significant life.
Start by being a great manager to achieve success; grow as a leader to achieve significance.
Here are 7 ways to contrast leadership with management:
1. We lead when we create a vision; we manage when we create a plan. Do you have a compelling vision and a great plan for your life?
2. We lead when we inspire; we manage when we motivate. Are you an inspirer or a motivator?
3. We lead when we develop other leaders; we manage we implement our plan to become a leader. Who is the greatest leader you admire? What are the qualities you want to emulate?
4. We lead when we develop relationships based on trust; we manage when we motivate others to do what needs to be done so they can draw a paycheck. Are you working for a paycheck or are you leading others to bigger paychecks?
5. We lead when we apply people skills to deal with others; we manage when we apply skills to manage numbers. Which skills are you accumulating?
6. We lead when we grow in the art of leadership; we manage when we grow in the science of leadership. Are you more the artist or the scientist?
7. We lead when we show our humanity; we manage when we show our skills. Are you willing to show your vulnerability?
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)