Leadership is more than good management, as people are more than projects, as movement is more than maintenance, as vision is more than procedure, action is more than reaction and relationships are more than rules.
Leaders think long term, a good manager may keep the business running at peak efficiency but what value would it be if it was still cranking out rotary phones.
Managers rely on rules to make sure everything they oversee stays on track. Leaders push boundaries, think outside the box, they desire to find a better way, to make improvements. They like to see progress.
Management is about control, control costs,control efficiency, control quality. Leadership is more about releasing control. Leaders look for good people, invest in them, push them up, to the point where they are empowered to perform. A good leaders goal is to see members of the team finding their own new ways to get things done.
Successful leaders understand the importance of managing their thinking, not only the value of setting aside time to mentally process and plan but their thinking process. Thoughts are things, your mind will give you back what you put into it. So fill your mind with inspirational and motivational thoughts.