Friday, July 17, 2020

Lean Quote: Be a Leader, Not a Manager

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.


"Great leaders don’t set out to be leaders. They set out to make a difference.  — Jeremy Bravo

The primary difference between management and leadership is that leaders don’t necessarily hold or occupy a management position. Simply put, a leader doesn’t have to be an authority figure in the organization; a leader can be anyone.

Unlike managers, leaders are followed because of their personality, behavior, and beliefs. A leader personally invests in tasks and projects and demonstrates a high level of passion for work. Leaders take a great deal of interest in the success of their followers, enabling them to reach their goals to satisfaction—these are not necessarily organizational goals.

Below are five important traits of a leader:

Vision
A leader knows where they stand, where they want to go and tend to involve the team in charting a future path and direction.

Honesty and Integrity
Leaders have people who believe them and walk by their side down the path the leader sets.

Inspiration
Leaders are usually inspirational—and help their team understand their own roles in a bigger context.

Communication Skills
Leaders always keep their team informed about what’s happening, both present and the future—along with any obstacles that stand in their way.

Ability to Challenge
Leaders are those that challenge the status quo. They have their style of doing things and problem-solving and are usually the ones who think outside the box.


Leadership works on inspiration and trust among employees; those who do wish to follow their leader may stop at any time. Generally, leaders are people who challenge the status quo. Leadership is change-savvy, visionary, agile, creative, and adaptive.

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