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No. 149 / Choose to lead

It’s important to note that workplaces need both managers and leaders. However, the problem is, people who are in management positions also think that makes them a leader. By the same token, people who aren’t in management positions believe they aren’t qualified to lead.

The thing is, leadership is a choice, regardless of title.

Managers tell people what to do. They incentivize and employ tactics to get their employees to be a little more productive today than they were yesterday. Their motivations for doing their job well lie in climbing the corporate ladder.

Leaders lead. They take ownership. They have a vision for where they’d like to go, equip their people with the right tools to make something happen, and empower them to get stuff done.

Leaders take responsibility, managers take the credit. That’s why there are much fewer leaders than managers.

Choose to lead.