Understanding oneself and one’s purpose is needed before leading or managing others. Real leaders and real managers know who they are. Real leaders understand their value lies not only in creating the vision but in leading and inspiring their followers to align with their vision. Managers understand the vision and work with teams to ensure the vision is grounded and the work gets done thereby the vision is achieved. Leaders see what others cannot see, and they have a purpose which drives them forward. Managers who are authentic know how to work with each individual on their team. Leaders think beyond challenges and motivate those who follow them to turn the challenges into opportunities and rally them all to a better future.
Good leaders know that communication is the lifeblood of any organization. And good managers know that customer experience and getting the work done is the lifeblood of the organization. And it is paramount to know the leader cannot bring the vision into fruition without the manager and the manager cannot put into action the “how” without a vision.
This is how a well-oiled organization works. Everyone realizing they need each other, everyone knows their value and are respected for what they bring to the table in order for the vision to be actualized and monetized. The collaboration of the leader and the manager is based on them both knowing:
- Where it is headed
- Understands what is expected
- Meets the goals
- Gets the job done
What kind of leader or manager are you?
Ask yourself if you have a vision, do people want to follow you and when there is a call to action does everyone rally ‘round to bring the best of their best to the table to ensure the vision is realized and the work gets done.
The most effective leaders and managers possess these key elements:
- Understanding of how relationships are built
- Understanding of the people on the org chart and their relationships
- Ability to identify the influencers within their team and the organization
- Ability to identify their allies and their alliances
- Obtain rapport quickly in order to gain early wins and momentum
- Knows who the decision makers are
- Knows where you fit into the scheme of things
- If you don’t know the answer you…
Knowing who you are and committing yourself to what fits aligns with your beliefs and values and the vision of the organization will have a profound impact on you as a leader or a manager And those whom you lead or manage.