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The terms "manager" and "leader" are often used interchangeably. However, there are significant differences between the two, and understanding these differences is crucial.
Leadership is not limited to specific roles or positions, and it can manifest itself in various forms such as being a mother, father, manager, or peer. People follow leaders because they believe in them, listen to them, and act because they trust them. Effective leadership is about caring for others, making them feel supported, and helping people implement changes that last a lifetime.
The Difference Between Managers and Leaders
Managers are focused on achieving specific goals and objectives and are often tasked with ensuring that their team meets certain performance metrics. On the other hand, a leader is someone who inspires and motivates others to achieve a common goal.
Leaders are focused on creating a vision for the future and rallying their teams around that vision. They are often seen as change agents. Also, leaders tend to have a stronger focus on developing their team members' skills and empowering them to take ownership of their work. They are often seen as mentors and coaches, while managers are seen as supervisors or overseers.
While there are many books, videos, and social media resources that explain how and why someone should change their habits, most people struggle to start or continue a new habit. Leaders help people achieve this change and make it last. They understand that people are different, and therefore they tailor their advice based on the person.
Micro changes are an effective method of change that leaders can use. These changes involve starting small and gradually adding more milestones while showing genuine concern for the person's well-being. (Please see my blog on Micro Changes)
In conclusion, leadership is a quality that anyone can possess, regardless of their role or position. It involves caring for people, helping them achieve their goals, and investing in relationships. By doing so, leaders can positively impact people's lives and create a better world.
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