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Leadership is a verb

by Mark McGregorMarch 2016

   Often times employees are unproductive in one environment, yet productive in another. What could be the cause of that change? I like to look at the top of the chain of command and notice that a bunch of problems stem from that. Is the figurehead a boss or a leader? See the picture below for clarification.

Leadership is a choice you make… But unfortunately some bosses choose to manage. Even micromanage.

I have made a quick checklist of Leader vs Boss for you to help evaluate your bosses leadership style.

   ◦ If your boss is not creating a picture of the future with their team than him or her is a manager not a leader.
   ◦ If your boss spends most of their time behind your laptop call them a manager not a leader
   ◦ If your boss is not affirming your potential so clearly that you can see it in yourself… Let’s call the manager not a coach.
   ◦ If your boss is not affirming your potential so clearly that you can see it in yourself… Let’s call the manager not a coach.
   ◦ When the team is not clear on the values, the vision and mission… Let’s not call the boss a leader call them a manager.
   ◦ If you’re not involved… You were likely not committed. I would guess your boss is a manager, not a leader.
   ◦ If you’re not learning how to become a leader, and seeing leadership, and feeding leadership, your boss is likely a manager
   ◦ If your team is not doing 3 to 5 days a year of offsite, to build trust, to get involvement, to get clarity on our vision and strategy, your boss is a manager not a leader
   ◦ If your boss does not believe in team and people development… We should just call him or her a manager, but not a leader.

   If your boss is not explaining why we are doing things, and creating a picture of the future, and selling the benefits, your boss is a manager not a leader! Please don’t use the word leader… Unless your boss is really choosing to lead….that’s actions that help the team develop and people grow!
   People ask me, can you learn to be a leader. And to that I respond “Yes you can”. Leadership is an inside-out process and it starts with changing who you are, and how you approach situations. When you are able to view decisions and processes like a leader on the inside, your actions will be reflected by that.

To lead… That is a verb. It’s actions it’s things you do to bring the team together, to create involvement, get synergy and to create the future. It is not managing and top-down telling.

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