Are you LEADING or MANAGING your business?

leadership Feb 05, 2021

Are you LEADING or MANAGING your business?

Have you ever stopped to consider how you, the owner of your business, is contributing to the stagnant or slow growth in your business? 

A core differentiator I have seen in the businesses that scale vs. the businesses that stay stuck is that the owner of the business is constantly evolving and growing their skillset, leadership characteristics and surrounding themselves with high performance talent. 

This takes intentional action to uplevel yourself and let go of the control so you can create space to operate at the highest level.

So what is the difference between managing and leading your business? 

Here is a simple breakdown of the difference in behaviors when it comes to a manager vs. a leader.

Manager = staying close to the day to day operations, needing to understand all the details about every decision being made, is a planner and organizer in the day to day tasks. Your team “works” for you.

Leader = setting the broader vision, aligning the strategy and people against growth, looking for market opportunities. Your team follows you.

The truth is, businesses require both a leader and a management level to sustain. Someone creating the high level opportunities, setting the vision and also an operational level of managing the day to day to achieve the benchmarks and goals set in place.

Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Do you have clarity on the organizational structure required to take your business to the next level?
  • Where are you spending the majority of your time/capacity? 
  • Do you currently have high performance talent in your organization? Are expectations clear and are you driving high level results?
  • What do you need to let go of in order to create space to step into a new level of leadership for your organization?

Need support to answer these questions and determine the proper organizational structure for your business? Reach out directly and schedule a People Strategy session HERE.

For those looking for more information on this topic I highly recommend checking out The E-Myth authored by Michael E. Gerber.

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