A lot of people in leadership positions have confusion about their role.  When you are a positional leader, one who has the title of leader in an organization, that doesn’t automatically make you a true leader.  Often times, we are trained to be managers, at best.  Not leaders.

There are several differences between management and leadership, and this is not to say that one is better than the other.  Both roles are important.  Managers focus on task management, getting things done right.  On the other hand, leaders focus on people development, and getting the right things done.  Leaders are the ones who cast a vision for the followers, and through that vision, get the commitment to follow and help build it.

If you are in a leadership position, whether it is through your work, in your family, or in a volunteer community position, it is important to become aware of where your skills naturally lie, and where you may need to strengthen yourself.  If you tend to focus on the details of how to get things done, streamlining for efficiency and focusing on the daily duties of the work, you are strong in management.  If you are able to build people up and help them see their part in the bigger goals of the work, then you may lean more toward strengths in leadership.

As I mentioned before, both of these are important.  You don’t necessarily have to be both, but if the work is to get done and to achieve a bigger vision than is currently happening, the team needs to include leaders, managers and followers.  Notice where you are, and who is around you.  Do you have all the positions covered?  If not, start looking for others who can complement your weaknesses with their strengths, and also consider pursuing some ways to strengthen your limiting characteristics to perform at a higher level.