If you were naturally left-handed and were forced to play a game, say tennis, right-handed, would you be able to play the best tennis you could? Of course, not. Unfortunately, that’s exactly how many of the leaders and managers go about running their businesses.
One of the most prevalent misconceptions in the business world is that a leader is somehow better than a manager and that a manager should aspire to be a leader. In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth. Some of the strongest leaders I know are also the poorest of managers. Some of the best managers I know are poor leaders and it’s futile for them to give up their natural tendencies and try to be something they are not natural at. That’s not to say a person can’t develop the specific skills of leadership and management. It’s just that knowing their natural style helps them figure out to best approach to their work.
It’s like being left-handed or right-handed in playing sports. One is not better than the other. It’s just a matter of preference in how we go about doing what we need to do.
It’s this misconception that’s the root-cause of many of the dysfunctional management teams and under-performing businesses and organizations. That’s why I have put together a simple self-assessment that will help you figure out whether you are natural leader or a manager. It’s meant not to limit you, but help you gain insights about yourself that you can apply in improving your work, your productivity and your results.
You can access this self-assessment here: Leader vs Manager (Traits, Qualities and Characteristics)
I wish you Happy New Year and Happy Success to your business endeavors!