I really enjoy reading and have some great admiration for the work and writings of Warren Bennis. In one of his books, “On Becoming a Leader” he describes his view of the differences between managers and leaders as follows:
The manager administers; the leader innovates.
The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.
The manager maintains; the leader develops.
The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
The manager accepts reality; the leader investigates it.
The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader has his or her eye on the horizon.
The manager imitates; the leader originates.
The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
This is a great list and it has always caused me to pause a reflect on my own behaviour and ask “Where am I spending most of my time? Doing the left hand tasks or doing the right hand tasks?”
I have asked this question before but will ask it again, Are you “Managing” your children’s ministry or “Leading” your children’s ministry? What were you hired to do?