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  • Writer's pictureJanine Friedman, Executive Coach

Are you Managing or Leading?

Have you ever taken the time to consider the difference between being a leader and a manager?

It’s definitely something to be aware of if you are overseeing a team or plan to. It’s especially important these days where talent is harder and harder to keep and find due to the Great Resignation and the Great Reckoning.

The word “manager” stems from the root word “manus” which means hand. Managers handle things. They handle budgets, projects, scheduling, hiring, etc.

The root word “lead” means to go on a journey, to guide. Leaders take their team on a journey from where they are to where they want to be.

Management is an assignment.

Leadership is a choice.

Manage is what you do.

Leader is who you are.

As our favorite quote from Warren Bennis states:

A manager’s eyes are on the bottom line whereas a leader’s eyes are on the horizon.”

You can’t manage your way through disruption, leadership is required.

These times call for leadership.

If you've been managing and not leading, and want to make a change, give me a call.

If your team is losing the war for talent, contact me for corporate leadership coaching or training.

Leadership is a Choice.

Empowering leaders for 25 years, Janine Friedman is a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) through the International Coach Federation and is a certified coach and trainer on The Leadership Challenge. She believes that leadership is a skill that can be learned and that nothing impacts an organization more than the leadership skills of its executive team.

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