Leaders and Managers (we need both). Here are the characteristics of “Managers”.
- Conceptualize plans by working from the past to the present
- Embrace a micro perspective, a snapshot
- Favor routine thinking
- Protector of the status quo
- Emphasis on how and when
- Controlling and directing
- Threatened by change
- Move slowly
- Avoid risks
- Actions limited by available resources
- System Centered
- Plan Centered
- People’s approval is a need
I figure I am about 60% Leader and 40% Manager. I think like a leader, but plan like a manager.
Here are some additional quotes from this section of teaching:
Managers need approval – why not give it to them? Notes of praise, spending time, public approval.
Managers tend to ask “Why?”. This is not neccessarily a question of authority, managers just like to know the why – so tell them in a simple way.
Managers need to “Buy in” first (the “what” and “why”), then they can figure out the “how” and “when”
(continue to Part 4)