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Are you a Manager or Leader?

Every day we are managing some aspect of our life or leading another, so sometimes there doesn’t appear to be any difference between the two.

LeadershipMost managers are so wrapped up in dealing with production, quality and safety that they can tend to forget about staff morale.

According to Warren Bennis – in his book ‘On Becoming a Leader’, he thinks of the differences between leaders and managers as the difference between those who master the context and those who surrender it.

  • The manager administers; the leader innovates
  • The manager maintains; the leader
  • The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people
  • The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust
  • The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective
  • The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why
  • The manager imitates; the leader
  • The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges
  • The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person
  • The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing

When leading safety issues we use many of these to enhance the culture and improve morale. This must be done in a genuine way each time as it’s about forming good habits, gaining trust and winning hearts and minds.

The above aspects are discussed during the leading and behaving safely course.

Good luck on your journey.