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Episode 326  |  14:43 min

328: Flashback - Are You a Manager or a Leader? 5 Areas to Examine

Episode 326  |  14:43 min  |  08.27.2019

328: Flashback - Are You a Manager or a Leader? 5 Areas to Examine

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This is a podcast episode titled, 328: Flashback - Are You a Manager or a Leader? 5 Areas to Examine. The summary for this episode is: <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you a manager or a leader?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You don’t have to be one or the other.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Neither is better.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leadership needs no title.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But to be effective, you need to know where you are on the spectrum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These five assessments can help you figure out where you land.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1) Focus</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A manager’s job is to focus on the “now” and be obsessed with short-term plans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaders think long term—and they usually focus on only 3-5 priorities at a time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">2) Creativity</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creativity isn’t about being a great graphic designer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For managers, creativity is overseeing what’s already in place.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For leaders it’s going beyond what everyone else is thinking. Leaders create incredible partnerships that aren’t even on the radar of a manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">3) Skillset</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Managers need to make sure they’re extremely effective with details.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaders need to take a step back and look at the big picture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That means you’re no longer the smartest person in the room for solving specific problems.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">4) Personal Qualities</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What gets you excited about every day?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If it’s making sure things are running smoothly, you’re in a perfect management role.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaders typically aren’t the happiest people around, because they live for the future.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">5) Knowledge</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Managers know everything about something. Leaders know something about everything.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What about you? Are you a leader or a manager?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One-line description: Are you a manager or a leader? These five assessments will tell you.</span></p>

Are you a manager or a leader?

You don’t have to be one or the other.

Neither is better.

Leadership needs no title.

But to be effective, you need to know where you are on the spectrum.

These five assessments can help you figure out where you land.

1) Focus

A manager’s job is to focus on the “now” and be obsessed with short-term plans.

Leaders think long term—and they usually focus on only 3-5 priorities at a time.

2) Creativity

Creativity isn’t about being a great graphic designer.

For managers, creativity is overseeing what’s already in place.

For leaders it’s going beyond what everyone else is thinking. Leaders create incredible partnerships that aren’t even on the radar of a manager.

3) Skillset

Managers need to make sure they’re extremely effective with details.

Leaders need to take a step back and look at the big picture.

That means you’re no longer the smartest person in the room for solving specific problems.

4) Personal Qualities

What gets you excited about every day?

If it’s making sure things are running smoothly, you’re in a perfect management role.

Leaders typically aren’t the happiest people around, because they live for the future.

5) Knowledge

Managers know everything about something. Leaders know something about everything.

What about you? Are you a leader or a manager?

One-line description: Are you a manager or a leader? These five assessments will tell you.

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