performance defines the label.
Many CEOs think that the job title matters. Call a person a manager and they will manage. Call them a leader and they will lead. True leadership comes naturally from within. Many posts have been written about the definition of a manager.
I have worked for 50 years in different company roles and I cannot define what a ‘manager’ is or specifically does, in a general way.
The Leader or Manager label does not define the role. It’s the other way round, the role creates the label. A leader is someone who is followed, no matter what rank or role that person holds.
I’ve seen front-line workers who have generated a following within the workplace. I call them ‘workplace champions’ because of their impact on others.
There were great times in my experience when my own employees provided leadership in my workplace. As their boss, I provided Encouragement, Authorization and Resources to ‘permit’ their leadership. It wasn’t forced, it was natural. They led and I gave them an EAR.
Give your employees your E.A.R. and be wowed by the performance you’ll get.