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Growing a solid leadership bench continues to be a strategic objective for most successful companies. We have found that most organizations desire to develop leaders who inspire their people to achieve high levels of performance and engagement. Unfortunately, the gray area between “Leadership” and “Management” continues to be an issue.

Research has found some tangible behaviors and characteristics do differentiate these. The list below will provide insight into this question and food for thought around competencies, role success profiles, and developmental opportunities.

Inspirational Leaders

  • Trust & empower
  • Recognize and share credit
  • Catch people doing things right
  • Helps people set “SMART” goals
  • Give regular feedback
  • Prevent problems
  • Focus on results
  • Teach, coach, and mentor
  • Ask & listen
  • Willing to take calculated risks
  • Inspire & challenge

Micro Managers

  • Assign, monitor & control
  • Take credit
  • Catch people doing things wrong
  • Expectations tend to be vague
  • Give problem-based feedback
  • Fight fires
  • Sweat the small stuff
  • Let people sink or swim
  • Tell and talk
  • Stick to the status quo
  • Focus on tasks and ask for minimum acceptable results

If you would like to learn more about how Endeavor Management may be able to help, please feel free to reach out to Gerry Gibson at ggibson@endeavormgmt.com




Advisors and Consultants, Experience Management Healthcare, Healthcare Employee Experience, Leadership Development and Coaching, Leadership Effectiveness, Organizational and Team Effectiveness

Gerald Gibson Human Capital Advisor

Gerry has held senior level roles with board involvement and global accountability for leading, coaching and developing Talent, Change Management and Organizational...

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