“I am a leader.”

Please do not interpret what I am about to tell you as brash and
egotistical.  I am not a manager.  I can’t remember the last time I was
a manager.  I am a leader.

I do not organize and staff;  I align people with a vision.

I do not control;  I enhance motivation.

I do not maintain;  I develop.

I do not focus on things;  I focus on people.

I do not focus on doing things right;  I focus on doing the right things.

I do not instruct;  I inspire.

I do not seek compliance;  I seek commitment.

I do not plan and budget;  I establish a vision.

Why
is it important for me to tell you this?  To my staff I am a manager.
To my boss and his boss, the president, I am a manager.  To my
customers and vendors I am a manager.  The fact is, to the world
outside of my heart and soul, I am a middle manager.  But to me, I am a
leader.

Wow. Read the rest here: RadioBack Signals, February 9, 2008.

I am tickled pink :) Will you be next?

What everyone else might think is not as important as what you think.

Comments

  1. says

    What I have learned from the People we collectively call “our employees”

    I have this delicious problem lately, in that I cannot write fast enough to write what needs to be written. Not really a problem, and admittedly “what needs to be written” is highly subjective and personally relative more than it

  2. says

    Being a “Leader” is what managers do too

    The manager doesn’t have all the answers, but the the manager’s kuleana (responsibility) is to be the person who takes ownership of getting the answers found — and frankly, not playing it safe and wimping out about it when those

  3. says

    Kuleana Responsibility is what you Accept more than what you are Given

    When you define it as Kuleana, responsibility is what you accept more than what you are given. Read that again slowly, and sit with it for a moment. It is a statement which implies, and rightly so, that responsibility is