Do You Lead or Just Manage?

Being a good manager, doesn’t make you a leader. Leadership is more than being a good manager.rr yeild sign


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.



Author: Rick Chapin

Having spent most of my adult life engaged in sales and marketing as well as a decade of preparing income tax returns for small businesses, individuals and real estate investors. Running your own business is not easy, you must utilize all the tools available to aid in your business development, I believe your personal development is equally important. I have for many years had knowledge and interest in small and medium sized businesses as it relates to allowable deductions, tax deferred exchanges and other tax treatments, I have also, for many years invested in books, tapes/cds for inspiration and motivation, so it seemed a natural fit for me to become involved in aiding in people in business development as well as their personal development.

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