There is a fundamental difference between leaders and managers. The manager will lead her group through the jungle with a machete, hacking away and clearing a path for the group to follow.
A leader, however, will climb the tallest tree and discover that they are actually heading in the totally wrong direction.
(paraphrased from Jim Collins, Good to Great)
Are you blindly working away day after day? Head down in your outlook calendar managing this week’s tasks and your “to-do” lists, delegating cleaning duties and administrative responsibilities or have you taken a moment to climb the tallest tree and discover that the work you’re so busy at on a daily basis is actually keeping you from realizing that you’re heading in the wrong direction?
The challenge of course is putting down the blackberry and looking up long enough to realize that you’re actually trapped in a hamster wheel. Hint: Hacking away will only keep the wheel spinning. The only way to get out is to climb the tallest tree.
Art Horne is the Coordinator of Care and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team at Northeastern University, Boston MA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.