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While using “tried and true” methods isn’t always a bad thing, someone else’s methods may not be exactly right for every organization. Leaders aren’t afraid to try new, and even unorthodox, methods to achieve optimum results.
6. Managers focus on product. Leaders focus on process.
While still holding to principles of quality, productivity and efficiency, leader is able to recognize effort as well as “end-product”.
7. Managers need lots of positive feedback. Leaders have an innate sense of their own self-worth.
Everyone likes a “pat on back” for a job well done. However, managers rely heavily on things like “performance reviews”, “appraisals” and “kudos” from their supervisors and their subordinates to demonstrate a job well done. They also tend to rely heavily on those tools as motivators for their subordinates.
8. Managers need subordinates. Leaders strive to develop other leaders.
Leaders are always in process of developing other leaders. Managers tend to feel very threatened when they perceive someone may be “passing them up”.
9. Managers tell “what”. Leaders share “why”.
The manager is primarily concerned with simply giving steps to achieve desired result. The leader also takes time to explain why those steps are crucial to desired result. In doing so, leader is also imparting his “vision” to those that help make that vision a reality.
10. Managers are more concerned with doing things right. Leaders are more concerned with doing right thing.
Managers tend to be very “order” and “structure” oriented. Leaders have a keen sense of “spirit of law” and aren’t afraid to “bend” rules if it will achieve a greater good for everyone.
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