Leadership Skills

Here are some ways to recognize whether you are a manager or a leader.

Are You a Manager or a Leader?

  • A manager tells, pushes, and provides solutions. A leader asks questions, pulls, and gets solutions from people.
  • A manager gets “yes” people. A leader attracts committed people.
  • A manager gets more to do. A leader creates a team.
  • A manager has to stay at the job all of the time. A leader gets to take time off and take a vacation.
  • A manager stays in the same position. A leader has choices.
  • A manager is stressed out. A leader is engaged in visionary tasks.
  • A manager burns out. A leader grows and takes on greater responsibility.
  • A manager goes in circles dealing with the same “people problems” over and over. A leader gets results.

Whether you are a new supervisor or a CEO, leaders establish productive relationships with all people: their employees, their bosses, their spouses, and their children. In all aspects of their lives, they have developed into effective leaders.

Leadership Challenge

Communicate with people by asking more questions instead of talking too much, telling people what you think, or what they need do.

This can be a hard habit to break. By asking questions you encourage people to come up with their ideas, recommendations, and solutions which creates a commitment for them to act upon.

Are You a Manager or a Leader?

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Dr. Mary Kay is a business leadership strategist, executive coach, trainer, author, and founder of the About Leaders community. She’s consulted with hundreds of companies and trained thousands of leaders. Her Ultimate Leader Success course helps managers become more confident, decisive leaders. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.