How do you drive this philosophy into your culture?
How do you get the new generation of employees to accept this?
You Manage Things – You Lead People.
Let me quickly explain the difference.
Management is about Policy, Rules, Process, Money, Systems, Standards, and Measurements. These is all very important functions.
Leadership is about People, Context, Culture, Purpose, Principles, Inspiration and the Preferred future
So management is about using skill sets to control things… and there is nothing wrong with that.
What happens is …some leaders treat people like THINGS.
You do not manage people – you do not treat them like THINGS, you lead them.
And this is where mix up and problems begin. For many, they are treated like things…micro managed like the way one would manage money or systems.
People are not things. People must be led and that requires a different MIND set, SKILL set and TOOL set.
The problem is – people are not sure if they are managers or leaders. Most people are probably both, but depending on the job – you could be more focused on managing … say an accountant, a dentist or an investigator…into the details that are necessary. |
There is nothing wrong with the management function, the magic is the ability to switch roles to a leader when you are dealing with people.
And this was the challenge for me in Policing – having my team, my supervisors switch roles – sometimes in an instant. It was not easy to put into place.
I was huge into continuous development and training of my people…every employee was leader so I ensured they had non-stop leadership training.
I rewarded and promoted those employees that performed as both leaders and managers – depending on their job description.
And I pushed all my leaders to walk the talk in everything they did. Their performance agreements, learning plans and assessments were all based on both management and leadership performance.