A new age is upon us. The old days of management are rapidly going the way of the dinosaur. People aren’t parts of a machine, to be oiled, maintained, and replaced when they wear out or upgraded by some new some new shiny person.
- This link will lead you to an article from Forbes which is outstanding. Read it. The takeaway is enormous and should create significant anxiety for traditional managers.
- This link leads you to a Forbes story that decrees all managers must be leaders. Read it. The takeaway is on the same scale as the earthquake waiting to destroy California.
“A leader who cannot manage has a vision of where they want to go but no idea of how to get there. A manager who cannot lead is not able to build trust and create engagement within an organization to get to where they need to go.” (Quote from the Forbes article linked to above.)
And once again, here’s the difference between leaders and managers:
Leaders have followers. They can move any mountain with ease by way of their dedicated and loyal teams.
Managers have people work for them. They have no followers.
I am first and foremost a leader, with a modicum of manager thrown in. I am a leader of people. And because of my leadership, my people will manage just fine. They move mountains every day, several times a day. If you don’t have followers, you aren’t a leader.
If you’re disappointed by this, that’s a good thing. Why? Because you can change your ways. Learn to lead. Learn to manage your leadership abilities. Improve them daily or resign yourself to undue suffering. It’s your choice.