If you are a manager of people and are part of an organization then you realize how hard it can be to move people to a defined goal. Why is it so hard to get this done? Why is it people are the hardest management challenge? One reason is that people respond better to being lead than being managed.
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, recently wrote a post about the differences between these two roles. In this post he said:
"I draw a very clear distinction between leadership and management," Weiner said. "For me, leadership is the ability to inspire others to achieve shared objectives. Managers tell people what to do. Leaders inspire them to it."
How can you and I migrate part of our skill set to the leadership vein? If you're like me, then you still have to manage - you can't just change what you are doing. But you can spend part of your time as a leader by reviewing with people what the big picture is for your company or for your department. This can even be done in short periods of time on a daily basis.
You don't need to change everything - just start with sharing the big picture a few minutes a day. Over time you'll be surprised how people are changed and how more is getting done.