As a proud Papa to one beautiful little girl with a second on the way, I’m quickly learning the significance of what it takes to be a role model and what that role in life requires. It’s a bit daunting at first when the stark reality hits that there’s someone in your world who observes your every move.
Yet it’s easy to lose sight of the fact we all need a figure (or a few) in our life we can count on: someone we respect, value and admire. Someone who is willing to teach and capable of leading by example. It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s simply the truth.
This applies to workplace culture. It’s no different in your career and certainly not something to sweep under the rug as an employee or a business owner. Look beyond the surface and there’s a natural dichotomy that exists in any workplace—subtle nuances that identify a manager versus a leader.
Let’s try an unassuming approach: Managers execute processes, they guide people and supervise teams to achieve goals. Leaders create the vision, they motivate and inspire people. Managers make things happen; leaders make critical things happen.
Both are positive qualities to have in your employees. Both roles can be defined by verbal and nonverbal cues. Managers can work their way through the ranks. Leaders are sometimes natural born, while others have a true desire to lead that manifests over time.
The differences are marginal, but the outcome IS GREAT. That’s powerful to think about.
It’s important to establish your core beliefs and articulate the company’s value statements upfront. Doing so fosters an environment of transparency and like-minded employees. Then, harness the power of self-reflection. Do you facilitate or articulate? Do you lead or follow? What about the people around you?
Happy Father’s Day!
Chris Herting is a digital and social media specialist at Gallinghouse Marketing + Creative, located at 409 W. 21st Ave., Covington. For more information, call 985-893-7631 or visit gallinghouse.com.