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Are you a Manager or a Leader?
Leaders are often managers, but Managers are not always Leaders; do you understand the difference?
Management governs or administers businesses. Organising people and resources efficiently and productively is the key to good governance and management.
Leadership focuses on the collective power of people - combining their skill, knowledge, speed and support - and places people at the centre of change.
Leaders need to improve and develop their skills in handling people. Being the boss does not crack it anymore; the boss mentality or authoritarian rule must make way so we can build better Leaders. Leaders must be more people-centric, encouraging and investing in their people's knowledge. The future will depend more on the Leader's ability and commitment to retrain, reskill and upgrade employees' skills - to meet the market demand to be quicker and better at providing products and services for the 21st Century.
Driving change through an organisation requires an ability to handle people, not leaving it to the HR Department or outsourcing it to others. Leaders must increasingly create centres or learn to train their people to a higher skill level than in previous decades. Leaders will be called on to provide employees with greater participation in crucial areas of their organisation. The Leader must be the leading advocate for the personal development of their employees.
The increase in personal and national debt, the repercussions of Covid-19 and the introduction of new technologies are driving significant changes in consumer habits. Consumers no longer want to wait in queues or pay more than they need to. They want products and services now - they regard a long lead time as a waste.
Increasing automation is threatening people's jobs and their ability to care for their families. Artificial Intelligence and Robots will carry out tasks currently done by people, and they will do it faster and at a time that suits people.
The challenge for Leaders is to prepare people for such dramatic changes. They need to be open and honest with themselves, shareholders and employees. The future will be bright, but it will depend on how ready we are to meet more challenging times. Future opportunities will rely increasingly on well-trained, knowledgable, innovative and flexible people.
Change Leadership must be practical and executed quickly! There is an urgency for us to create new opportunities whilst preparing to take more intelligent risks. A gradual process is not fit for purpose in an era where gradual is too slow! The world of work is changing; it needs to change quickly. A different type of Leadership is required - one ready for action. Leaders will keep their existing organisation efficient and profitable in tomorrow's changing environment by placing people at the centre of that change - today.
Change Leadership embraces new technology in our digitally-driven world that provides opportunities for
people prepared to try harder, gain knowledge and learn new skills. Organisations are becoming places of learning, centres of excellence dedicated to developing people to their full potential. Formal education no longer serves the needs of our future economies and the majority of young people.
Leaders will need all their skills, knowledge and support if this 21st century delivers its potential. Leaders who garner and nourish people's development through training and upskilling will gain the necessary support that automation, pandemics, fiscal overspending, and increasing debt place on society.
Leaders will need to support their people, stakeholders, supply chain and the local community to affect the meaningful change that the next few decades will bring.
Builds confidence by explaining what needs to be done, how, when, and whom.
It involves everyone, takes a long term view, and pushes past disruption.
Understands that future profits matter more than the present cost.
Executes change with urgency; knows momentum is everything.
Pulls products and services through instead of pushing.
Chooses compelling rather than demanding.
Prefers smarts and speed over the process.
Will drive future efficiency over control.
Chooses progress over motion.