I’m frustrated. Lately tough problems and issues coming to me at once at my office. I’ve been looking to my managers for guidance and just not getting anywhere. These past few weeks, I realized that some people will advise you, but not mentor you.
Then I recalled something that happened a few weeks ago, many of our higher ups were away on business. I had a huge problem and asked an interim manager who seated in a different building in my company. She took the reigns and got the high level conference call that I couldn't get my vendors to agree to. She didn’t try to solve my problem. She knew once I got them on the phone, we could negotiate and agree to a solution. She guided me to solve the problem myself!
I felt so motivated for awhile after that incident. She inspired me to work harder because she earned my respect.
I realized something:
Not all managers are leaders
At the surface, many think they are one at the same. I disagree.
A manager is just that. A person who knows his or her role and responsibilities and execute against that expectation. Ensure everyone does their job so you can do yours.
A leader is someone who can influence another person or people to want to achieve a common goal, not only to meet expectations but to exceed them.
So, what are you?