Leadership Characteristics and Management
Do managers exhibit leadership characteristics?
Can a good manager also be a good leader?
Should a leader be a strong manager?
How do managers and leaders differ?
The key difference between leaders and managers is leaders lead people while managers manage processes.
Successful business owners, managers, and executives need to have both leadership characteristics and management skills to get their team engaged in a compelling vision. Leadership is about getting other people to believe in a vision and to work to achieve goals in support of that vision.
Management, on the other hand, is about administering resources and making sure the day-to-day operations are happening in support of the vision.
Dynamic Leadership Characteristics
- Vision: Leaders know their people strength and build upon them. They understand what motivates their people and how to obtain and keep buy in from their people. People will support a world they help to create.
- Honesty & Integrity: Leaders see this as crucial to having the respect of others. Without respect, there can be no buy-in of the vision.
- Inspiration: Leaders inspire their teams to be all they can be. They ensure everyone understands their role in achieving the vision.
- Ability to Challenge: Leaders are never afraid to challenge the status quo. They have the courage to think outside the box.
- Communication Skills: Leaders keep their teams informed about the vision. Their role in achieving the vision, reinforce what they do well and guide them through any challenges they may encounter.
Traits Strong Managers Share
- Execute A Vision: Managers successfully create a strategic vision. They break it down into Key Result Areas for the team.
- Ability to Direct: Managers monitor day-to-day work activities, review resources needed and anticipate needs along the way.
- Process Management: Managers establish and monitor performance standards, and operating procedures.
- People-Centered: Managers know their people, genuinely listen to them, and involves them in various areas of decision making.
To engage their teams in delivering the best service to customers, clients and even stakeholders, a team must take ownership of the vision and align their outcomes and behaviors to it. When we think of effective leaders, getting their team excited about where the vision can take everyone professionally and personally is key to avoiding low performance.
With smaller organizations, the challenge lies in making sure you are leading your team and managing the day to day operations. Not an easy task. However, those who can lead and manage have a competitive advantage.
Are you more of a leader or more of a manager? What would your staff say if you were to ask them?