Are you a leader or a manager?

According to, leadership is not the same as management although it is possible to be both. Managers plan while leaders have a vision. Leadership asks what and why and empower others while managers ask how and work with the processes and systems.

There is a chart that shows the differences between a manager and a leader:
A manager administers; a leader innovates
A manager maintains; a leader develops
A manager focuses on systems and structure; a leader focuses on people and emotions
A manager controls systems and people; a leader inspires people
A manager accepts the way things are; a leader challenges the way things are
A manager has a short-range view; a leader has a long-range perspective
A manager manages tasks; a leader leads people

Leaders are more apt to take risks. Sometimes the roles of leaders and managers are blurred but there are definite differences.

~ Jody Victor

Leadership Skill #2

Continuing on with the Leadership Skills by Steve Tappin, his next skill is “Do You Have a Dream?”

He goes on to reference part of the speech made Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1963 March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom. August 28 marked the 50-year anniversary of this speech. He also quotes Michael Jackson, Walt Disney, and Kaifu Lee about dreams they had.

Once again Steve gives a couple challenging exercises to accomplish. One on finding you dream and the other on your convictions and beliefs because your dreams and your cause work hand in hand.

He gives another homework assignment to do with your team.

~ Dream on … Jody Victor

Leadership Skill #1

Jody Victor’s crew found a 12-part series on Leadership Skills required to be a world-class leader by Steve Tappin. Steve Tappin is the CEO of Xinfu, Host of BBC CEO Guru & Founder, You can follow his series on LinkedIn.

His Leadership Skill #1 is Build Trust With Anyone. He says you can’t work with anyone without trusting them first. He goes on to give some Trust Exercises and the Xinfu Trust Formula. He gives pointers on how to accelerate trust and gives a Homework assignment related to building trust.

We will try to follow his skills here.

Jody & Crew.

Leadership Tips from Microsoft

Jeff Wuorio has some tips for becoming a true leader:

  1. Real leadership means leading yourself.
  2. Don’t be a monarch.
  3. Be open to new ways of doing things.
  4. Remember that white males are fast becoming a minority.
  5. Establish a genuine sense of commitment.
  6. Finish the job.
  7. Show genuine appreciation.
  8. Know that leadership skills come from learning, too.

Read the full article on Microsoft’s Small Business Site.

~ Jody Victor

Seek and take responsibility for your actions

(Adapted from “Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions”)

For professional development, you must actively seek out challenging assignments. You must use initiative and sound judgment when trying to accomplish tasks that are not required by your job title. Seeking responsibilities also means that you take responsibility for your actions. You are responsible for all your staff does or fails to do. Regardless of the actions of your employees, the responsibility for decisions and their application falls on you. You must issue all orders in your name. Stick by your convictions and do what you think is right, but accept justified and constructive criticism. Never remove or demote an employee for a failure that is the result of your own mistake.

  1. Learn the duties of your immediate superior, and be prepared to accept the responsibilities of these duties.
  2. Seek different leadership positions that will give you experience in accepting responsibility in different types of tasks.
  3. Take every opportunity that offers increased responsibility.
  4. Perform every act, large or small, to the best of your ability. Your reward will be increased opportunity to perform bigger and more important tasks.
  5. Stand up for what you think is right; have the courage of your convictions.
  6. Carefully evaluate a staff member’s failure before taking action. Make sure the apparent shortcomings are not due to an error on your part.
  7. In the absence of assignments, take the initiative to perform the actions you believe your superior would direct you to perform if he/she were present.

This was the last of our series on Marine Principles adapted for the work place. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and can put these principles into action in your work place.

~ Jody Victor

Make sure to assign tasks according to your staff’s capabilities

(Adapted from Employ your command in accordance with its capabilities.)

Successful completion of a task depends upon how well you know your staff’s capabilities. If the task assigned is one that your staff has not been trained to do, failure is very likely to result. Failures lower your staff’s morale and self esteem. You wouldn’t send a sales clerk to do your books nor would you send one employee to do the job of five. Seek out challenging tasks for your staff, but be sure they are prepared for and have the ability to successfully complete their responsibilities.

  1. Do not volunteer your employees for tasks they are not capable of completing. Not only will they fail, but your staff will think you are seeking personal glory.
  2. Keep yourself informed as to the effectiveness of your staff’s capabilities.
  3. Be sure that tasks assigned are reasonable.
  4. Analyze all assigned tasks. If the means at your disposal are inadequate, inform your immediate supervisor and request the necessary support.
  5. Assign tasks equally among your employees.
  6. Use the full capabilities of your staff before requesting assistance.