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You’re a Leader If…

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It’s funny: many people want to be “promoted to management.” But what we really need are organizations with more leaders. Do you know the difference?

You’re a Leader if you help your people become the best version of themselves. You’re a manager if you hire people, put them in a position, and do not help them grow.

You’re a Leader if you provide training and coaching to your employees. You’re a manager if a subordinate runs into a challenging situation and you announce “get out of the way, I’ll fix it myself.”

You’re a Leader if you take the time to provide coaching on new assignments. You’re a manager if you say: “I can do it faster than you.” Or, “I’ll explain the solution to you later,” and we all know ‘later’ never happens.

You’re a Leader if your employee retention rate is high. You’re a manager if your turnover rate is high. Employees leave managers; they don’t leave Leaders.

You’re a Leader if you instill loyalty and trust in your employees by showing them loyalty and trust. You’re a manager if you demand loyalty and trust. You may get it in the short term but “it” and your employees won’t be there for the long term.

You’re a Leader if you create a culture of superior performance, high morale and self-confidence. You’re a manager if you manage by intimidation and fear.

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You’re a Leader if you make sure the right people are in the right positions (using their strengths) leading to constant innovation. You’re a manager if you fail to see the advantages of creativity in the workplace.

You’re a Leader if you evaluate your people more than twice a year, and between evaluations you have one-on-ones to celebrate successes and put plans in place to improve those areas that need attention. You’re a manager if you evaluate your people once a year (if that) and use the “check the box” HR form, initiating no quality discussions with your employees.

You’re a Leader if you treat your people with kindness and respect. You’re a manager if you’re rude to your employees and let them think they’re lucky to have a job.

You’re a Leader if your employees feel they’re really contributing to the company and see that the company is doing good work. You’re a manager if you need to resort to hostage tactics like salary increases and stock options only for individuals who commit to x more years with the company.

You’re a Leader if you create a culture of trust in the organization. You’re a manager if your employees are always looking over their shoulder, just waiting for when the next unrealistic task is going to be demanded of them.

You’re a Leader if you and your subordinates leave together at the end of the day celebrating having accomplished your goals.
You’re a manager if you leave at the end of the day and your employees still have hours of work to complete.

You’re a Leader if you give credit where and when credit is due. You’re a manager if you take personal credit for employees’ contributions or suggestions.

You’re a Leader if you have current and long-range plans laid out for your group and have shared the plans. You’re a manager if you’re so deep in the weeds that you have no long-range plan and if you did, you sure wouldn’t share it with anyone but your boss.

You’re a manager if you think the business revolves around you and that the employees are there to work “for” you. You’re a Leader if your goal is to grow more Leaders.

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Mike Hill
As one of America’s leading experts on improving your employee and your companies’ performance, Mike shares his proven tips, and explains; How, Why, and When to implement them. Mike has spoken to and trained hundreds of people from all over the world. His unique approach to empowering employees will improve every organization's bottom line.
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