Leading. Managing Facilitating. There are differences in how people approach situations.
I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm back with more no BS management advice to help you be more effective professionally, whether we're talking about management,, leading. And now I'm going to introduce a third category-- facilitating, which is more of a coaching function.
I stumbled into a graphic or I should say a chart at teambuildersplus.com (I'll have a link in the show notes) that I thought was interesting. Now here, I'm going to highlight the difference between a leader and a facilitator and a couple of different areas. From there, I'll mention the . . . actually I'll do all three, leader, manager, facilitator, because I think it's worthwhile hearing the distinctions that are proposed.
So, the first answer will always be the leader then the manager then the facilitator. Okay?
A leader is concerned with doing the right thing. A manager is concerned with doing things right. And a facilitator is concerned with helping people do things. Interesting. Three different approaches.
A leader takes the long term view, a manager takes the short term view. A facilitator helps people find the view and articulates it The leader concentrates on what and why. The manager focuses on how and then the facilitator helps people concentrate and be clear in the here and now. Great, great interpretations.
A leader sets the vision, the tone and direction. The manager sets the plan and the pace and the facilitator helps people make meaning of tone and direction and to function well at the required pace. A leader hopes others will respond and follow. A manager hopes others will complete their tasks, and a facilitator hopes others will engage in the process. Notice all these differences here. A leader is going to expect others to help realize the vision. A manager expects others to fulfill their mission or purpose and a facilitator helps others articulate a shared vision and common mission or purpose.
A leader inspires innovation. Inspiring stability is the manager's job and a facilitator helps people respond to things that are new, and things that remain the same. So, sometimes you may function in the leader role, sometimes in the manager, sometimes in the facilitator fundamentally What you're trying to do is always accomplish something of significance. And whether you're leading or managing or facilitating. You have to be aware of what is needed by the team and by yourself in order to step forward.
As I've said many times, winners find the way to win. And you're going to do that through other people, not always through your own efforts. It's important to recognize what's needed. And these three guides will help a lot.
I'm Jeff Altman, I hope you found this interesting and helpful. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us where I have much more there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you manage and lead, help you hire more effectively, help you in a job search, all sorts of professional workplace issues.
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