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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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On Leadership:

Leadership has always been an interesting concept to me. I have always asked the question “what is in the heart of a man that would lead?” I once turned down a very good job because the interviewer couldn’t answer the question “do you know the difference between a leader and a manager?” In talking to a great many people I have noticed that a lot of people don’t know the difference or have never thought about the differences so I thought I would point out some of the glaring ones.

The difference between a leader and a manager is very simple and most basic principals are. A manager is someone who is put in charge of several resources and charged with making sure that those resources work toward the goal they have been charged with achieving. The manager then sits back and waits for results and applies correction when those resources fail to comply.

The leader has a similar charge but with subtle differences. The leader is charged with resources that need to meet a goal but charges themselves with making sure those resources have all the materials needed and are in good working condition in order to better reach those goals. More over the leader then takes a position with those resources to ensure that those resources can see by their example the path to achievement and thereby encourage them to achieve. The leader fosters growth and strength in its resources thereby making them stronger and more united.

Take a good hard look at those who would call themselves leaders and ask your self based on this information are they leaders or managers. You will be surprised at what you will see.

Be careful who or what you are lead by, they might just be managers.

P.S. Don’t read this and go and challenge your manager at work. You need that job!

Rahim Baskett
MindSoulVision Photography


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