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3 Way Shift from Managing People to Leading Them

After attaining the desired career goals or touching a certain annual target, many make the mistake of jumping off to seek a leadership role in the organization. However, it is essential to grasp that leadership is not a formula or DIY magic trick. It is a huge responsibility for which you need to prove your caliber, have the right skill and attitude, with a hint of self-assertiveness.

In this article at Harvest Business Review, Vineet Nayar explains that before drawing any conclusion about efficiency, pass these three tests of self-analysis while understanding the differentiation between the manager and a leader.

How Ready Are You?

In the complex and dynamic business environment, to become a leader, managers need to hone their skills of fast decision-making. They need to instill a leadership mindset to showcase how ready they are to act decisively on strategic opportunities. Try these three assessments before showing interest in a leadership role:

  1. Counting Vs. Creating Value: If you are holding a managerial position at present, you are mostly counting value and not adding into it. While leaders are known for creating value. They lead by example. So, without any biases, rate yourself on helping your team scale up in a year than just counting on the accomplishments you have made.
  2. Influence Vs. Power: Managers have subordinates while leaders have followers. Once you efficiently create value in the organization, see if you are at an influencing position or just holding a powerful role where people are only supporting your decisions to save their back. The best way to find this one is to count the number of people outside your reporting hierarchy who seek your advice often. The larger the number, the fit you are for a leadership role.
  3. Leading Vs. Managing: Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers. Management is a set of entities to accomplish a goal while leadership is the ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute.

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