Stepping Up from Manager to Leadership |

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Stepping up in class requires a change in behavior, not just a job title.

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This video talks about stepping up from manager to leader.  To start off, I can’t go into every detail about what is necessary in order to prepare yourself to play at the higher level.  I’ll simply share our story about someone I coached recently that, I believe reflects that.
In this particular case I been working with the guy who is in IT who works as a manager level and they want to move up to Director.  They see him clearly in the C suite.  What seems to be an issue for him is that too often he is in the weeds.  There is a shift that you have to make mentally in order to be a leader within an organization.

It’s not something as simple as delegation.  It’s about coaching people in order to be effective in their new roles because they are stepping up as well while you remove a lot of the burdens that you’ve taken on for yourself because management has been drilling down on you to manage people to get results. A leader is different.  In effect, a leader is a coach for an organization.  They think like a coach and teach like a coach.  That takes time and effort.

With this person, what I’ve gotten him to see are that there are situations where he could be asking great questions that would cause people to think proactively.  Instead of telling them what to do, he’s asking them what they think should be done, explore different options with them, see if they might make good choices like he might make and work from there.

Coaching is not as simple as what I’m describing here.  Coaching will help you work in situations a bit differently.  I want to encourage you, this is my practice – – leadership coaching to help individuals step up in class and be prepared by demonstrating to management that they can lead and not just simply manage.
If you have questions or would like to talk with me about coaching, reach out to me at
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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3 Responses
  1. David Rubalcava Vlog

    Management vs. Leadership. The great debate! Going to have to check out your podcast. I’ve always felt a leader is someone who can inspire, motivate, and energize a team. While a manager focuses more on task or administrative areas. There needs to be a balance of both and that’s the challenge.

    1. Jeff Altman

      I believe there is a difference between inspiration and motivation. Inspiration being the internal drive and motivation being something “forced on him them” or do it “for me” or “or else.” I’ll simply say that defining it using the shorthand you used (inspire, motivate, energize) isn’t helpful for managers because it has been drilled out of them. It needs to be explained how o do it and begin the shift for them so they can learn and support others in their development.

    2. David Rubalcava Vlog

      Jeff Altman agreed! Great point. I’ve been both and when I look back at being a manager I achieved results but at a cost. My team hates me micro managing and our relationship was strained. As I learned to inspired and challenge their growth I grew tremendously. I placed more value on leadership for long term results and my journey began.

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