Are You a Leader or a Manager?By: Brian Ward
When you become a leader, you take on a great responsibility...you promise to change the world for the better.
If your reaction to this statement is ‘I’m only managing an organization, or department, or project, I’m not out to change the world’, then I respectfully suggest that you learn to be a good manager, but not a leader.
Leaders cause positive change to happen, through people.
Managers control things.
The world needs great leaders. It has its fill of managers.
If you feel that you are not sure whether you are truly committed to becoming a great leader, if you have not yet made that decision, I would like you to take a look at two scenarios:
What if you were to make a total commitment to becoming a great leader? Project yourself ahead 3 to 5 years from now. You have become a great leader. Visualize what positive impact you are having on the world around you…
What if you were to be less than fully committed to becoming a great leader? Project yourself ahead 3 to 5 years from now. You are in a leadership position. Visualize how things will be…
I have no doubt that the first scenario is one that you desire, as we all do. The second scenario is one that you probably want to have no part of.
The difference between the two scenarios is so stark, so dramatic, that sometimes we find it difficult to see ourselves in the first one, and easier to see ourselves in the second.
But for many of us, the second scenario is totally unacceptable.
Many leaders however get caught somewhere between the two scenarios, and feel at a loss about what to do.
So they reach out to ‘techniques’ to solve their dilemma. I have seen many leaders get caught up in fads, and I also have had the pleasure of being associated with leaders who knew the distinction between WHAT they were attempting to achieve and HOW they achieved it.
That led me to crystallize my thoughts and experiences into 5 key facets of quality leadership. Keep these facets foremost in your mind, and you won’t go astray.
By exploring these areas you will be led to discover insights and above all take action concerning five key facets of your leadership…
FOCUS: Developing your leadership focus, understanding its true significance to the world around you and how truly committed you are to achieving itThe world needs great leaders…if you want to become one, explore these facets.
A word of caution however…once you start asking questions of yourself in these five areas, you will find that there will be no turning back. Proceed only if you are serious, only if you truly have the desire to become a great leader…
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