Don’t miss my latest article in The Huffington Post! Here’s a little teaser…
It’s popular to make a distinction between “managers” and “leaders.” For example, if you were to type “difference between managers and leaders” into Google, you’d get over 20,000 results. (Try it out.) People love to discuss and debate this statement.
As the traditional thinking goes, managers “manage” things. They tell people what to do, and when to do it. They insert themselves into the process to make sure everything works exactly they way they need to. They make sure tasks get done.
Without managers, presumably, the people being “managed” wouldn’t know what to do. They wouldn’t be able to figure out what things to work on, how to best spend their time, or when to show up at the office. (“Now where did I put my brain again? I know it’s around here somewhere… oh, that’s right; I leave at home.”)
Let me be very clear—the behaviors we associate with “management” aren’t just depreciating in value, they’re pushing your company in the exact wrong direction.