Today’s blog post is about leaders and managers and how they differ. The main difference between the two is that leaders inspire people and managers make people do things. That’s the biggest fundamental difference. Leaders stand up for what they believe in even when it’s politically unpopular or it could cause them harm.
People follow leaders because they show up first, leave last, and do what the right thing is regardless of what other’s think. Leadership, to me, is measured by the actions of somebody when the shit hits the fan. A leader is the person who eats last, who pays themselves last. A CEO of a company should never pay themselves before their workers.
Managers, on the other hand, are people who want to go home early and go on vacation all the time. They hold people accountable with a number and from a distance. They’re not ‘in the fight’ so to speak. They’re often hypocrites who say they’re going to do something differently when they’re in management and once they get there they do the same as everyone else! They take the easy way out by putting numbers on everyone and when people don’t hit numbers they’re gone.
At the end of the day, when you want to do something difficult in your life, such as getting in shape, you need to go to someone who’s done something similar to that and follow them. A leader isn’t always someone that’s a boss, coach, or someone who’s appointed. Many times it’s someone within your team, or an informal leader.
Is there something that you want to do differently in life? Here’s how: Find someone that you want to be like, someone that does what you want to do everyday. Follow that person and people like them as much as possible and you will be able to get the things you want.