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Saturday, June 2, 2012

HOW TO TURN MANAGERS INTO LEADERS

HOW TO TURN MANAGERS INTO LEADERS

Managers are the backbone of every organization. They get stuff done. No manager worth his or her salt says, "I can't do it". Managers are made to DO things. They are built to find ways to do things. They don't give excuses. I love that precious value about managers. Leaders need managers to get the work done. There is no reason why managers cannot also be leaders. It will take a shift of focus, but right now, the world needs more leaders urgently. And managers can help. There is no point in working on weaknesses to get managers to be leaders. We can do more with their strengths.

Managers love what they do. They get joy from doing it. We can get them to become leaders by inspiring them to do more than they normally do.  Managers work on objectives. To make them leaders they need to explain the reasons behind it, and the impact of  those objectives will have. Managers get work done through people and tell them what to do. To make them leaders they need to work with them and listen to them too. Managers show people what to do. As leaders, they will show them how to do it. Managers control funds, leaders release resources. Managers share goals, leaders share roles. Not every manager needs to be turned into a leader, but those who get to lead need to make the shift to get the job done.

Allan

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