Leadership Articles For New Managers

Managers often play complementary roles of leadership and management, yet they are not the same thing—and not easily separated. People look to their managers, not just to assign them a task, but to define for them a purpose. And managers must organize workers, not just to maximize efficiency, but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results. The following leadership articles for new managers offer essential tips and techniques to help you look beyond the day-to-day realities of your organization, define a bigger picture of what is possible, and inspire and engage your team to turn that vision into reality.

What’s Your Leadership Style?

Originally published on LinkedIn, July 18, 2017

A question I often ask managers when mentoring them is “How do you lead?” Leadership is different than management. Leadership is the act of inspiration.

Managers often play dual roles of leadership and management. It’s important to note that a leader can move individuals in a certain direction without having to manage them directly, but a manager without leadership can get nowhere. A manager will manage the current day-to-day realities of the organization, but may lack the ability to drive and set a goal for the brighter team. Teams will not follow managers, but will follow leaders. This brief leadership article for new managers lays out techniques to understand your own leadership style, along with three example leadership styles that I have seen be productive.

So, back to the original question, “How do you lead?”. It’s a difficult question for most of us to answer. You may never have been asked to define your leadership style. You may be an exceptional manager, but have you taken the time to reflect on what makes you a strong leader? Each of us has a certain innate leader style, but you can—and should—learn and grow different styles. To determine your leadership style, you should first understand which style you naturally exhibit.

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