Leaders Create High Performance Teams
Leaders and Managers Go Hand In Hand
Leaders and managers are not the same. They don’t view or do things the same way. They’re not supposed to. Leaders focus on people. A manager focuses on systems and structure. Managers or leaders with both skills is unbeatable. They inspire trust. They create high performance teams with a vision and purpose that exceed targets and improve the bottom line. They remain enthusiastic and open to new ideas. These ideas transmit directly to both internal and external customers. Here’s a list of the differences:
|Eye is on the bottom line||Eye is on the horizon|
|Asks how and when||Asks what and why|
|Relies on control||Inspires trust|
|Administers and maintains||Innovates and develops|
|Short range view||Long range perspective|
|Accepts the status quo||Challenges the status quo|
|Does things right||Does the right thing|
|Good classic soldier||Is their own person|
When Leaders Act Like Yesterday’s Foreman
In days gone by factory foremen didn’t think about what was produced or who was producing it. They focused on efficiency, following orders, organizing work, and assigning the right people to the job. Today, some leaders still act like yesterday’s foremen. Especially when it's a job that seems to be all about the numbers such as:
- Phone Calls
- Legal Work
Through motivation leaders ensure people realize their full potential. Leadership abilities complement management skills. Leaders don’t just assign tasks. They define the purpose, nurture skills, develop talent, inspire results and lead by example.
Leaders Inspire People to Exceed Targets
People who realize their full potential are productive, enthusiastic, and excel. They participate, help and make a difference. Managers with leaders skills inspires people. They not only hit the numbers they exceed them. They know it’s not all about the numbers—it’s about the people. Leaders motivate people by talking about...
What’s In it For Me: the WIFM.
Leaders take dull routine and make it interesting. They add humor and use team building events like providing pizza at a lunch meeting. If an unpopular mandate arises, or something goes wrong, they use brainstorming sessions to prompt solutions from employees--so they own it. And most importantly, effective leaders give regular praise. It's one of the most important tasks a leader can do!