Time is like money. If you don't invest it properly, you will not receive the return you are looking for. How do we in youth development organizations decide where to spend our limited time, to get the return we need?
I see two ways to go about it: Shall we be managers of groups, events, volunteer programs, finances and day-to-day activities? Or should we focus our efforts, as leaders, supporting evolution and growth of programs as a chief motivating officer? If you reviewed how you spend your time, would it show you to be a manager or a leader?
Both managers and leaders support teams of people to achieve their goals. Like many of you, I often feel like a firefighter putting out fires, with a daily barrage of emails, lining up details and prepping for the next meeting or event. I ask myself, "Is this what I should be doing?"
Holly Caracappa, on the popular blog Leadership Freak, summarizes the two roles in the workforce and how both are needed. I've created a graphic that maps it out (see right). What if you are the only manager and leader in your organization? Can you play both roles?
I've seen many gifted individuals blend the two. In my observation leaders with management skills are highly effective in accomplishing goals. I also see managers with leadership skills who are able to lead organizations to improve and grow. If we are not both can we develop skills of the other?
I am interested in your thoughts! Do you see yourself as a manager, leader or both? Which role receives the majority of your attention and time? Do you budget time in your day or week to focus on your role as a leader?
Throughout the spring I will continue to reflect on this topic and will present new thoughts, links and your comments in a blog post this May. I'm excited to read your comments, have some friendly debate and learn from you!
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