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Leadership Vs Management - Creating Unstoppable Growth

Author : Jodi Ouellette

Success or failure in business depends on knowing the meaning of building through leadership vs management. Talents, gifts, and skills may earn you results early in your business, but building your dream lifestyle can only be accomplished by developing strong leadership skills. Furthermore, you need to become a leader of leaders. That is the secret to creating unstoppable growth.

Leadership vs Management Fact #1:

If you are the only leader in your organization, and everyone looks to you for decisions, then you are really managing. Leading is knowing how to empower others to lead with or without you.

Leadership vs Management Fact #2:

If there isn’t anybody else in your business right now, who could step up and fill your shoes, then you are not a leader, you are a manager. It is common for management to be somewhat secretive with their duties, and fail to teach key players everything, due to insecurities. It seems to come from the fear of not being needed, because if anyone else can function in their position as well, they become replaceable. Being a leader, means you understand the importance of being replaceable, because you want the business to be a success with or without you. A sign of being a strong leader is knowing that should something happen to you, the business would not suffer because you’ve done your job in developing leaders within your team.

Leadership vs Management Fact #3:

If you can execute the daily activities, and maintain performance, but are challenged when redirecting the team with a new vision or goal, then leadership is not your strength. I have witnessed this countless times, where a person gets out of the gate running and achieves immediate results, only to see progress come to an abrupt halt. This is the result of fresh energy and excitement, because at the start of a new venture, most people have a natural limited focus on individual performance. The challenge comes in when the need to employ and motivate others arises. To create momentum beyond your personal efforts, demands leadership, as well as the ability to inspire leadership skills in your team.

Keys To Developing An Unstoppable Business

1. Invest Time & Resources Into Developing Leaders. The mindset of typical management fails in this area, because of fear of not being needed or being the person of importance. Leading is knowing how to produce a compounding result through cultivating leadership instead of employing followers. Leaders understand that lasting success of any business relies upon not their own talents, but by creating a legacy. Raising up leaders puts an organization in a position for continual growth, far exceeding your individual contribution.

2. Invest In Your Best People. Management thinking leads positional leaders to focus energy in the wrong places, with the wrong people, being the team members who need the most help. Leaders adhere to the Pareto Principle: focus on the strengths of your top 20%, in other words, your strongest players displaying more promising leadership potential. The development of a solid leadership team equates to more available help for the players who need it.

Succession is a major difference between leadership vs management. Management is sort of like a sub-category of leadership, and if you don't grow beyond this style of thinking, it will cause limitations in how far your impact can reach. You are only one person, and one person can add business one account, or one person at a time. However, leadership development causes multiplication, through influencing a larger population you otherwise would not have access to. Managers maintain operations, but leaders can cause explosive growth. True security is obtained when leaders invest in their best, and prepare their team members to succeed them.

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Learn more leadership success tips by connecting with Jodi Ouellette, a home business transformation authority. You can watch a short video lesson here about leadership vs management, with Jodi Ouellette. She is a marketing system, personal development, and leadership trainer in the home business industry, and has a passion for leading people to living their personal best.

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