Do You Lead or Manage Your Team, Job and Life?

Nancy Stampahar
September 8, 2009 — 2,272 views  
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U.S. President and General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it."  Even during these times of "doing more with less" do your team members take initiative and complete tasks before being asked?  When you delegate work, do team members embrace or resist your requests?  Do you work in a job that you want to do or does it just pay the bills?  And finally, are you living your life feeling fulfilled, balanced and happy?  While there may be extenuating circumstances that can keep you from working your ideal job or living the life you always dreamed, you do have choices about how you lead your team, lead your career and lead your life.  Teams can be empowered.  Jobs can be fulfilling. Lives can be happy.   You will need to be both a leader and a manager of your team, job and life.

Leadership is about "directing", "empowering" and "bringing change".  Leaders produce vision and develop strategies.  Management is about "planning", "controlling", "reacting".  Managers produce plans and complete tasks.  Leaders are not born: they are made.  You can develop the skills and ability to lead others, yourself and the directions you want your work and life to take.  You must want to be a leader to be a leader.  If you want to be a leader, you must create your vision and define how you expect your team to perform and what you want from your career and your life.

Knowing who you are and what you want out of life; knowing what success means to you; knowing what your goals are; and knowing that you are going to achieve those goals regardless of what other people say, think or do is the essence of personal leadership.

Personal leadership also means "accountability".  It means that you have decided to embrace the talents that are unique to you and will develop them further to reach your potential and goals.  You are committed to learning and growing. Once you have decided what you want, you must consciously and actively establish your strategies to achieve your vision.  You perceive problems as challenges, failures as setbacks for great comebacks and each day, life becomes exciting, challenging and rewarding.  You possess the kind of self-confidence that insures the successful outcome of any goal you set for yourself.   You are free, in control and simply happy with your team, work and life. 

Nancy Stampahar

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Nancy Stampahar inspires people into action with her enthusiasm and lemons to lemonade wisdom and expertise. She is the author of the 2009 IPPY Award winning self-help, inspirational book, peace, love and lemonade: a recipe to make your life sweeter and a sought-after organizational development consultant, trainer and speaker. Nancy solely owns and directs her business Silver Lining Solutions. She earned her BSBA in human resource management from Robert Morris University, after she decided to make lemonade. She received the 2009 Joe Ott Award from ACHIEVA, which serves people with disabilities in recognition of outstanding vision, volunteer leadership and generosity of spirit.