Mar 14, 2022
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At the moment in Australia we are seeing a rollout of natural disasters. And with the cleanup of devastated towns like Lismore we are now seeing the bureaucrats and politicians playing the blame game.
It reminded me of a conversation with a former colleague about the difference between Managers and Leaders. I have worked within a government agency where people are trained to be managers, but rarely do any of these trained managers become leaders. And this is the issue we are seeing within the Australian political system and the plethora of government agencies.
You see, our government agencies are overseen by managers, and this is fine when everything is running smoothly. But when a crisis strikes, we need leaders not managers. because our modern day manager is not trained to be a leader. They manage situations and people, they point fingers and blame others for failures, all in the name of self interest, but they don't lead. Therefore, never ever mistake politicians and bureaucratic managers for actual LEADERS.
That is my opinion.
9 Differences Between Being A Leader And A Manager
1. Leaders create a vision, managers create goals.
2. Leaders are change agents, managers maintain the status quo.
3. Leaders are unique, managers copy.
4. Leaders take risks, managers control risk .
5. Leaders are in it for the long haul, managers think short-term.
6. Leaders grow personally, managers rely on existing, proven skills.
7. Leaders build relationships, managers build systems and processes.
8. Leaders coach, managers direct.
9. Leaders create fans, managers have employees.
What makes a leader a real leader?
A real leader is thrilled when team members achieve great things. A mere manager is threatened. A great leader empowers people with honesty and transparency. A mere manager parcels out information as if it costs him personally. A great leader understands that if the team falls short, he is responsible. A mere manager blames the team.