You can ignore this entry. I was just thinking about the difference between Managers and Leaders… and I wanted to record it for myself.
I know many good Managers. People who can “execute” – those who can manage complexity and get tasks completed on time and within budget. I also know some excellent Leaders… those who “influence”. People with passion, drive and charisma. People whom others want to follow…
I just don’t know anyone who is both.
It’s funny really, Managers are often the senior people in the formal organisation… but the Leaders are the senior people in the Shadow Organisation… and frankly – that’s where the real work gets done.
I see it every day. It doesn’t really matter who the boss is according to the org chart. The real bosses are those whom the team want to follow.
So my commitment is to learn more about how I can behave/perform to both manage and lead people – in both the formal and shadow organisations!