The one thing that differentiates managers and leaders

14 Jun
2017

Being a manager is hard work. 

Seriously hard work. 

You have to manage your team, achieve goals, manage expectations, communicate bad news, spend time on hiring, retaining, motivating, firing. 

It is seriously hard work

Yet somehow, everyone wishes to become one. 

There is something appealing about being a manager. Being called a manager. 

And with being a manager comes higher responsibility. 

A bigger team to manage

A bigger area to control

More decision making powers

More influence

A bigger span of influence 

And everyday, I see people seeking this influence. 

Asking for more and more responsibility

For bigger teams 

For more control

Rarely, do I find people asking for more accountability 

Make me accountable for a bigger goal

Make me accountable for a larger purpose 

Make me accountable for higher target 

Make me accountable for the development of my team and my own learning 

The next time you ask for a raise or a promotion, ask yourself why didn’t you instead ask for a higher target instead? 

Managers seek more and more responsibility for themselves. Leaders demand more and more accountability for themselves 

2 Responses to The one thing that differentiates managers and leaders

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Naresh

June 28th, 2017 at 7:21 am

Really what’s the difference between being accountable and responsible? Both terms are used so interchangeably.

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Louis

July 2nd, 2017 at 5:18 pm

@Naresh

1. I think Responsibility comes with a potential downside as well as a potential upside. Accountability only has a potential downside.

2. Accountability also has a sort of permanency to it. You can shirk off Responsibility, but if you’re going to be held Accountable, you’ve got nowhere to run.

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