Do you ever wonder why you get to a certain point in your leadership development and feel stuck? Lets take a look at that!
Not all leaders are managers and not all managers are leaders. I want you to really think about that. Lets take a look at some simple, generic definitions of what a leader is:
Webster’s defines manager as; someone who is in charge of a business, department, etc.
The definition of a leader is a person or thing that leads.
Seems simple enough right? Then why is it once we get into a so called “leadership role” we instantly turn into a manager What do I mean by that? Since I am in the industry of network marketing I will refer to that field for examples.
When you first begin with your opportunity typically we have much excitement, the dreams, the possibilities, we have hope again. It is exhilarating, its all new. So we go out there and we give it all we have! We are just eager to do whatever we have to; these uncharted waters are scary but we are excited to see what is out there so we go at it blind. Sheer excitement works really well in the beginning. Not only do we feel good, we are producing great results life is great.
Now all of the sudden, we have a team of people following us, wasn’t that our goal? Wasn’t that what we set out to do? Now we panic. People are referring to us as leaders, we’ve never been a leader before, what does that mean? How can we lead people? We don’t feel qualified, panic sets in. We can’t let our team see that we don’t know what we are doing. So what is next? Do we become micromanagers? Do we hide from them? Can anyone relate?
We now are seeking every leadership book known to man. Searching out blogs, podcasts, you name it. All in hopes of learning how to be the best leader we can be. It all sounds good in theory right? But, all of our focus shifts to learning how to motivate people, how to get people to do what they said they were going to do. What we fail to realize is we have now become a manager. We are no longer leading. What we did not see is that in the very beginning was that we were already leading. We just believed the lie that we were not adequate. In this whole search of trying to become the best leader, we have stopped doing those things we did in the beginning. We have shifted our focus and we got so caught up in the word leader and not feeling adequate that we are now a manager.
My challenge to you, go back to basics! Yes, continue to personally develop yourself, read, I am not saying don’t read. But have balance. Continue to do the things that you set out to do regardless of what others are doing or aren’t doing. Now that’s REAL leading!!!! Set the pace, be an example, and through this you will become the leader of your dreams!
To your success,