March 12, 2024

Are You Leading or Managing Your Employees?

Difference between leading and managing

Being a leader is not something you learn overnight. One of the most important things to learn is when to actually lead and when you should step aside and let your employees play a more active role. Many managers struggle with this concept. There are several reasons why this may occur, including:

While these fears are common, it is important for managers to know that there are many times when they should step aside and let the employees lead themselves. In fact, when a manager knows to step aside and let an employee go, he or she will often look the better for it.

How to Become a Better Leader

A great way to become a better leader and manager is to look at it as a coach/player relationship. As the manager, you are the coach and the employees you supervise are the players. Your job is to mentor them from the field but to stay on the sidelines when it is time to play. When watching a football game, you do not see the coach out on the field making the touchdown. Instead, he or she is on the sideline yelling plays and encouragement. Keep in mind that you do not need to micromanage or worry about your employees showing you up. Instead, hire the right people and move out of the way so you can, in the end, do more by doing less. Focus on the big picture and what is important, while letting the smaller tasks and details fall to your employees.

The team at Optimum Employer Solutions understand the distinction between managers and leaders. We offer a wide range of training for managers to help them understand this distinction and grow as leaders. If you want to help your managers learn how to be both great managers and leaders, contact the team at Optimum today to set up training.

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