What Is Leadership?
Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right. – Professor Warren G. Bennis
The word “leadership” can bring to mind a variety of images. For example: A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause. An explorer, cutting a path through the jungle for the rest of his group to follow. An executive, developing her company’s strategy to beat the competition. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. Yet, while leaders set the direction, they must also use management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.
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The problem is not them; it’s YOU!
You’re done working with the most monstrous bosses of all times. You probably swore to yourself that when that time comes where you’re the one managing people, you will do things differently. That day has now come – you’re already a boss.
You may have good intentions like an all-expense paid team building for the top performing department or a company outing in its founding anniversary. But how can you implement all of those when there is a stack of emails, meetings, phone calls and a whole bunch of demanding clients and tough decisions that were supposed to be due last week?
If you’re looking to move up the ranks and take on more of a managerial role, your employer is expecting more from you than just being able to make good decisions.
When promoting professionals to management positions, more than half of executives said they look for employees with strong motivational or leadership skills, while 19 percent said they want someone who has good interpersonal or soft skills, according to a new study from The Creative Group.