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As A Manager, Are You Also A Leader?

As A Manager, Are You Also A Leader?

Leadership isn’t reserved for the CEO of your company. Whether you recognize it or not, as a manager, you are in a leadership role. To effectively do your job, you have to take on a leadership role in the many areas you touch upon daily, whether it’s a current matter or a long-range issue.Within some professions, even at the management level, there is a great deal of focus on technical knowledge and skills in the many definable areas of the job, all of which are certainly important for success. But, without leadership, you can’t effectively leverage your own management skills or the skills of your staff.

The difference between management and leadership is essentially the difference between timelines and resources. Management is a here and now activity that uses process and resources to efficiently achieve a specific outcome. Leadership, on the other hand, is a forward-looking activity in which a future goal is identified and people are inspired to move towards it. Leadership leverages the value of effective management.

Jim Clemmer, of The Clemmer Group, a best selling author and leadership trainer, puts it this way,

"To lead is to show the way by going in advance. To lead is to guide or direct a course of action. To lead is to influence the behaviour or opinion of others. We all need to be leaders, regardless of our formal title or role."

As a Manager, you impact your organization at many different levels. As a result, the leadership skills you apply must be multi-directional. To achieve this, you must first be able to provide leadership to your staff and suppliers towards specific goals and objectives, in addition to providing the ground level management of resources and issues to get the job done.
nYou must also provide leadership sideways to your colleagues and other business owners within the company to influence and guide their decisions and strategies as they relate to your resources and services.

And finally, you need to provide leadership upwards, all the way to the CEO –on issues related to your role that affect their decisions and the company as a whole.

By looking past the day-to-day management of issues that come your way, and making the time to address and provide leadership over issues that are on the horizon, you will add value to your organization, enhance your career prospects, and increase the profile and status of what you do.

About Michel Theriault

Michel is the founder of Success Fuel for Managers. He is an author, speaker and consultant focusing on topics relevant to Managers and aspiring Managers in businesses of all sizes who want to get results, get attention, and get ahead. He is also a contributor to Forbes and AllBusiness Experts . Michel is available for speaking engagements, training and consulting. Connect with him or send an email.

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