The Leader Distinctive
Are you an influencer?
Are you a manager?
Or are you a leader?
Leadership has become a very muddied word. We interchange leader for a lot of different things and the confusion I see most commonly is between these three words:
Influencer, Manager & Leader.
We tend to use them interchangeably, but I don’t believe they are completely interchangeable. Follow this train of thought…
A manager can be a leader.
An influencer can be a leader.
But a manager is not always a leader.
And an influencer is not always a leader.
Influencers are encouragers. They make people feel inspired. Influencers are usually popular and well-liked.
Managers keep people on task. They make the tough decisions. Managers are rarely popular or well-liked.
Both influencers and managers lead people to action for different reasons.
If you are just one or the other, you are not a leader. A leader understands the combination of both and has the discernment to know when he needs to lean to one side or the other. A leader is comfortable not always being popular but a leader also knows he won’t move people for long if he’s always making unpopular decisions. True leaders lead because they know it is what is best for everyone even if everyone doesn’t like it all the time. That’s the leadership distinctive.
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