Differences in Focus
Focus describes areas of concern and targeted centers of attention. Your focus reveals what’s important to you and, by default, what’s not as important. Factors that influence focus include your qualifications, experience, fears, opinions and priorities.
The following distinctions apply to managerial vs. leadership focus:
- Managers tend to be more short-term oriented, looking for quicker paybacks.
- Leaders tend to have a longer-range outlook, looking for future paybacks.
- Managers make use of others’ skills.
- Leaders want to develop others’ skills.
- Managers focus on systems and procedures.
- Leaders focus on people and possibilities.
- Managers are keyed into efficiency.
- Leaders are keyed into unity.
Administrators who work toward achieving both managerial and leadership capabilities excel in the workplace. Their employees are engaged and motivated, willing to give of themselves because they know their leader is willing to give to them.
Trust and morale are high, as people know they can depend on their leaders’ relational and technical skills. They can count on their leaders to bring everyone through any trial, while valuing each team member’s contributions. In this ideal workplace, nothing can stop the team from achieving success.
Evaluate your leadership and management skills. Have you successfully blended both arenas? Can you shore up shortcomings in either area?
Call upon a trusted colleague, trainer or management coach to help you spot the areas that require enhancement. Your organization will benefit greatly—and so will you.
Dr. Maynard Brusman
Consulting Psychologist & Executive Coach
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