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The Little Book of Big Decision Models by Dr. Jim McGrath

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MODEL 34

DECIDING IF YOU ARE A MANAGER OR A LEADER

Use this to decide if you want to be known as a manager or a leader.

Do you want to be a leader or a manager? In recent years leadership has been promoted as the way to bring about improvements in both the public and private sectors. But not everyone is suited to the leadership role. You need to think carefully about what you want from your career. It’s better to be a happy and successful manager than a failed unhappy leader.

The following table lists the characteristics of managers and leaders. If you want to be seen as a leader, or someone with leadership potential, you need to get stuck into the activities in column two.

Managers are concerned with . . .Leaders are concerned with . . ...

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