If you’re a manager, you’ve probably experienced yourself switching between the roles of visionary leader and hands-on manager. Yet, the role of leader and manager are different. Each requires a particular mindset and set of competencies. Here are examples of when you should wear your manager hat.
- When dealing with day-to-day tactical, transactional tasks that must be completed.
- When focused on using and improving processes and procedures.
- When dealing with near-term budget matters.
- When you need to be a subject-matter expert with regard to technical content.
- When you and your team are working on a fast-approaching deadline.
Managers ask what needs to be done and how – which requires specific, detailed focus. Call on your manager competencies for those finite tasks that provide the immediate gratification of reaching short-term goals.
To learn when to wear your leader hat, or manager hat, click here.When to Wear Your Visionary Leadership Hat