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Lead to Engage

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The Toronto Star had a great article earlier this week about working for Steve Jobs, and the difference between management and leadership.

For readers of my online material, you will recall that I spend a lot of time talking about leaders versus managers and their impact on the engagement of the employees.

This Toronto Star article is more fuel for this discussion. Click here to read the article.

Leadership is both a learned skill and an innate skill. What you don’t have can be taught, but you must be prepared for the change in how people will deal with you. 

Lead to EngageManagers may not be particularly welcoming to anyone trying to manage up! At their worst, managers want you to know how important they are – and in that statement is an ego issue. Challenging them is often a career limiting move.

Leaders (true leaders) on the other hand, welcome input from those around them. Why? Because they understand that they don’t have all the answers and, perhaps more importantly, they clearly know that those doing the front-line jobs are better able to think through the issues that may come with any initiative or change.

All of this starts with clarity about where you currently stand. It is not enough to think that your company may have a problem. You must get actual data to begin the journey to building true leadership and employee engagement throughout your organization.

>> An employee engagement survey will get you the data you need to improve leadership and employee engagement in your organization. Schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation with me today.

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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