Action Plan Guidelines, Part 22

Remember that leadership contributes to successfully reaching the company’s Top Priorities and the employee’s Action Plans.

  • First and Foremost Managers Must be Leaders… There is a Difference
  • Leaders Set a High Personal Standard for Others to Follow
  • Leaders Emphasize to Everyone the Importance of Achieving Top Priorities and Action Plans
  • Leaders Facilitate the Achievement of Action Plans and Eliminate Obstacles
  • Leaders Recognize People for Effective Performance
  • Leaders Give Special Recognition and Rewards to Outstanding Performers
  • Leaders are Good Communicators
  • Leaders Insist on the Highest Achievement Levels
  • Leaders Focus on the Wants and Needs of the Customers

The terms “leadership” and “management” are often used interchangeably, but there is a huge difference between a leader and a manager.

Leaders aren’t always managers, and vice versa. It is rare when an individual has both of these traits. They have very different skill sets, both critical to success in any business.

Leaders have a unique ability to rally employees around a vision.  They establish buy-in, commitment and ownership to the vision, too.  A leader’s belief in the vision is so strong that employees will naturally want to “follow the leader.” Leaders also tend to be willing to take risks in pursuit of the vision.

On the other hand, managers are more adept at executing the vision in a very systemic way and directing employees on how to get the job done. They can see the “process” of how to get it done and then manage employees to the end result.  Usually, managers are very risk-adverse, too.

Interestingly, if a manager is expected to lead a company, then it’s very possible that company will be managed into failure.  Micro-managing of employees is a classic example of what I’m talking about.

While it’s true some managers can inspire and some leaders can systemically manage the process, these are not their basic strengths.

To repeat for emphasis, there is a difference between a leader and a manager.

Are you willing to “test” your leadership skills by conducting a self-evaluation to determine how you compare to “best of class” leaders?

If so, ask me to email you a leadership “best practices” self-evaluation checklist to see how you compare to outstanding leadership criteria.

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