It’s possible for anyone in a company to be a great manager. You don’t need the promotion fairy to come around and tap you with a magic wand and say, “Now you’re a manager!” It’s also possible to be a great leader and completely suck at managing. Think of those executives who inspire the workforce but can’t actually get anything done.
“Manager” and “leader” are titles that sometimes get used interchangeably, but in my experience, they’re very different.
I’ve never left a job because of a manager, but apparently that’s enough of a reason that it’s made multiple top 10 lists. If people leave because they don’t trust the firm, that’s also a leadership issue.
Ideally, companies would be able to hire people who are both managers and leaders. That’s not always possible, though. But even if you don’t have official managerial experience, you have several opportunities each day to demonstrate that you could be both.
I’m not an expert, but here’s my advice for anyone trying to be both a manager and a leader:
These tips seem super simple, but clearly they’re tough to follow. If they were easy, we’d all be amazing leaders and managers. Whether you vowed to spend more time at the gym or eat better in 2013 or didn’t make any resolutions at all, include some of these tips in your work life. They’re worthwhile resolutions you should be able to keep.
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