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Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. I love this quote by Peter Drucker, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Managers and leaders are two completely different roles, although we often use the terms interchangeably. I won’t necessarily go into the differences between the two, I’ll save that for another article.
When you’re dealing with ongoing challenges and changes, and you’re in uncharted territory with no means of knowing what comes next, no one can be expected to have all the answers or rule the team with an iron fist based solely on the title on their business card. It just doesn’t work for day-to-day operations. Sometimes a project is a long series of obstacles and opportunities coming at you at high speed, and you need every ounce of your collective hearts and minds and skill sets to get through it.
Over the years I’ve developed this observation, that the best leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders. When we share leadership, we’re all a lot more smarter, more nimble and more capable in the long run, especially when that long run is fraught with unknown and unforeseen challenges. As a result we need to have a different leadership style depending on the situation.
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