Many people mistake being a good manager for being a good leader. Managing is only one of three core responsibilities a leader needs to have in order to succeed. They are:
- Critical Thinker- ability to remove emotion and think of all alternatives and options on how to move a department, organization, project or sale forward. Ability to solve problems and maintain a leadership position in the marketplace.
- Manager-ability to execute processes properly to achieve desired results. This includes staffing and scheduling.
- Coach – ability to get things done through others. Understand individual’s strengths and weaknesses and create environment to get the most out of each individual. Coaching is not about changing people. Leaders create opportunities and environments for success. Individuals must want to personally succeed and do whatever it takes.
If a leader can excel in these three areas, there is a good probably they have the 7 traits of a great leader outlined in the book Lead, Sell or Get Out of the Way.
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