We tend to use the labels manager and leader interchangeably. Yet, each points to a specific role and set of competencies. Based on the work of John Kotter, here’s a quick way discern with which space – manager or leader – you identify most?

Managers feel fulfilled accomplishing finite, specific tasks. Their focus tends to be on the more immediate gratification of short-term results. In conversations they ask what needs to be done and how.

Leaders feel rewarded when developing people and the organization. Their focus is on more intangible, longer-term results. They talk about what needs to be done and why. Their goal is to inspire others.

Make a mindful choice about where you identify. And, make sure it aligns with what the business needs from the person in your position.

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