Let’s address an elephant from my Wednesday post: Management vs Leadership.
There are several blog posts, YouTube videos, and podcasts about being a good leader. I’ve taken classes about being a good leader vs manager and signs to look for. My mentors, when I had them, helped me identify the differences. Even my sister and I have had conversations about leadership.
You know how to tell you work for quality leadership? Ask someone about their leader/manager/supervisor. If that person lights up with the chance to talk about their supervisors, you have come in contact with someone who has quality leadership. They’ll tell you about all the awesome things they’ve done while working for the leader and all the projects their team has accomplished. If that person looks at you like you have lost your mind and changes the topic or starts to become hostile, there’s a pretty good chance you have met someone with a manager.
Getting away from a manager is going to take time and some searching. However, if you can’t find one, be one. A leader doesn’t have to be someone with a management title. That’s the beauty of leadership: You can do it from where you are. Of course, poor managers won’t care for it because they will see it as an attack on their position, which is another reason they are managers and not leaders: They feel threatened when someone else steps up to the bat, regardless of the reason.
Part of me feels that is something I’m having to deal with here. It’s not addressed directly, but when a leader walks into the room, even a toxic one, people take notice. I also have a strong personality and that can scare managers. This isn’t to brag: I’ve have amazing role models and after working under amazing people, you tend to end up with some of their habits, like being straight to the point without flowering words. And how to not be rude about being direct or a realist. How to be supportive without promising more than you can give, and MEAN IT!
Again, quality leadership really does come back to integrity and trust.
Quote of the Day: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu