Leading your team to success is the primary goal and the desired outcome of being a good manager. Some individuals in positions of responsibility for a team think of themselves as only managers and shy away from the task of leadership. You may feel this way because you’re so overwhelmed with the daily details of your job that you don’t have time to give thought to blazing new trails for your team. Now, don’t misunderstand me, a manager is concerned with keeping tasks on track; a leader, by contrast, while managing the productive output of his or her team, primarily focuses on the team’s overall mission and is striving for more than just compliance with current deadlines. Sometimes a manager gets caught up with the trappings of management—for example, the location of the executive bathroom. A leader, however, is always developing ways to encourage and enable his or her team to achieve increasingly challenging goals. This back-and-forth struggle between managing and leading may make you feel you’re walking a tightrope, trying to balance these two necessary job roles.


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