Leadership is often viewed as the highest ranking role held within your organisation, the higher the role the more of a leader you are. This could not be further from the truth. Leadership is one’s level of influence; not their level of authority. It is possible to be in a high ranking position such as a Centre Director but not truly be a leader; it is called being a manager. Being a leader is all about influence. It’s about noticing what motivates employee commitment and using that knowledge to leverage performance and positive results not manipulating others to get your way or instructing things to get done by check lists and a stick.
A leader’s ability to have influence with others is based on trust; in fact, our influence expands in proportion to the amount of trust that exists in a relationship.
An effective leader moves followers into action not with coercion but by eliciting their desire and conviction in the vision and goals articulated by the leader. Misused influence can bring about catastrophic results. But properly channeled, positive influence can bring about great change as individual actions align with group efforts to produce gains that grow exponentially. A leader, who, through focused and deliberate effort, exerts positive influence in others, will build trust and become a true driving force toward excellence.
I have put together a list of 5 qualities of a manger and 5 qualities of a leader. Where do you sit?
Qualities of a manager:
1. Managers look out for themselves.
2. Managers consider there advancement to be more important than the advancement of others.
3. Managers will get the job done at the expense of others.
4. Managers understand the importance of giving to themselves.
5. Managers are driving by their own success.
Qualities of a leaders:
1. Leaders look out for the people they are influencing.
2. Leaders understand that adding value to others is as important as adding value to themselves.
3. Leaders know that trust should be created before an atmosphere of high productivity.
4. Leaders understand the importance of giving to others.
5. Leaders are driven by the success of others.
PARTING WORDS - Don't forget the body language.
Projecting positive body language also plays a role in leadership. People process visuals carefully and will often take notice of how you sit, how you stand and how close you get to people. Facial expressions speak louder than words, so make sure your face doesn’t say something that your mouth is not. Gestures, like crossing your arms or putting your hands in your pockets, may project a negative or defensive image, so open up your body and make eye contact.