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You're a Leader…


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.


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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