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Consider this New Year’s Resolution: Do a Little Less Managing and a Little More Leading

To manage means “to handle” or to get work done through others.

To lead means “to guide” or to support others as they move to your direction.

In your organization, you can probably list numerous managers and supervisors. They have titles and appear higher up on the org chart. They have some authority. Everyone knows who they are.

But can you name just as many leaders? I don’t mean “senior managers” but leaders, at any level, who truly guide others? They haven’t been bestowed with the title of “leader” and don’t have any authority. But, somehow, everyone knows who they are, too. The problem is, in most places, there are far fewer leaders than there are managers.

The differences between managers and leaders are profound. 25 differences are illustrated here to give you a contrasting picture of what it means to be a manager vs. what it means to be a leader.

So here’s a New Year’s, New You Challenge. Using this illustration as a self-assessment, what can you do to behave more frequently as a leader? That doesn’t mean you’ll stop being a manager. Instead, it means you will become more effective as a manager because leaders (unlike many managers) have willing and eager followers.

By behaving as a leader, you will inspire, challenge, enable and encourage people. As a guide, you’ll Model the Way for your followers. We know from the 30+ years of global research by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner that leadership behaviors matter a great deal when it comes to employee engagement and business success.

So how about it? Are you up to the challenge? All you need to do is download this illustration, use it as a self-assessment, and make a choice to lead more often. All we’re asking for is your name and e-mail address. Why? Only so we can occasionally send you more free tools and tips in 2016. There’s no cost, obligation or hidden agenda.

Ready, set, LEAD!


Our Gift to You: FREE Training for Emerging Leaders

Being a leader doesn’t mean carrying a certain title. In fact, smart companies develop leaders at every level. And smart people look for opportunities to lead in their communities, in their social circles, in their families and in their work groups.

At People First Productivity Solutions, we believe that everyone can be and should be a leader. If you’d like to develop as a leader, then this 8-part training series is a great place to start.

Here’s how it works. We’ll send you a daily e-mail for 8 consecutive days. Each one will introduce leadership theory and give you an application assignment so you can use what you’ve learned. You’ll also get a few tools and resources, all at no cost whatsoever. It’s our gift to you and our honor to support your emerging leadership.

In this series, you’ll:

– Find out the differences between leading and managing

– Identify ways you already are a leader and learn to leverage those strengths

– Understand what others expect from leaders and the #1 thing you can do to meet those expectations

– Develop authentic presence as a leader

– Stretch yourself to step out of your comfort zone and into your role as a leader

– Learn 3 secrets for becoming a leader that others genuinely want to follow

– Set priorities and create a plan to activate your leadership

Join thousands of emerging leaders who have completed this email series. For a limited time, you can get it at no cost and no obligation. Click here to get started today and make 2016 your year to lead.


Our Gift to You: Negotiating Skills Every Leader Needs

It’s not just for buying and selling anymore.

Negotiation is a critical skill. You need it for every situation where two or more opinions may emerge. You need to negotiate throughout your day, every time you want to collaborate with others and every time you want others to support your ideas.

Negotiation is not manipulation. It’s not an “I win, you lose” exercise. And it’s not something you need to sell your soul to master.

As a leader, you owe it to yourself and the people around you to become a confident and effective negotiator.

This FREE 4-part webinar series is our gift to you so you can become the negotiator you need to be. Each segment is about 30 minutes long and packed with tips and techniques. You can download the series and listen at your leisure. All we ask in return is your name and e-mail address. Why? So we can send you a few more free offers in 2016. There’s no cost, no obligation and no hidden agenda here.

Make 2016 your best year yet as a leader. It all starts by being able to negotiate for what you want to achieve.

Dignifying Others: In Troubling Times, a Reminder for Every Leader

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In 2014, we invited people around the world to contribute a guest post about the topic “Dignifying Others.”

We selected 31 posts from authors, pastors, teachers, CEOs, parents and others. Each one was thought-provoking, heart-warming or awe-inspiring. Collectively, they poignantly defined what it means to simply honor and ennoble others.

This is what leaders do. They dignify others and, in turn, ennoble and enable them to reach new heights.

In troubling times, this is what we need from our leaders and from each other: to dignify and to be dignified.

This series is worth a read. It’s worth a pass-along. And it’s worth some commitment. What would it be like if we all worked just a little bit harder to dignify others?

If you’d like to read or share the series, you can find it here. In exchange, we’re asking for your name and e-mail address. Why? So we can share similar content in 2016. In fact, we’d welcome your contributions to our upcoming series on Enabling & Ennobling People. Let us know if you would like to submit a post for consideration.

In the meantime, thank you for YOU.