With enough experience, anyone can delegate tasks and “supervise” a team.  The primary goal of a team managers and supervisor is to delegate tasks and get things done. With this narrow view of a managers role, leadership and team morale have experienced a drastic decline. Organizations of all sizes have begun to set a trend of hiring managers who aspire only to delegate tasks and check items off a never-ending to-do list. However, my concern stems from the reality that a new crop of managers are simply task-delegators, not leaders.

image (1) Exceptional leaders have people under their supervision who not only work well under their guidance in their designated role, but excel is branching out into other areas. Great leaders inspire people who WANT to work for them. People WANT to be part of their team.

Managers who are not leaders often stem from hiring with short-term goals in mind. Mangers that are hired as a short-term fix simply fill a roll and don’t make the company better or more stable in the long run. Instead of taking the time to teach and develop their team, short-term managers tend to take on all or most of the work them and in turn start working overtime, causing frustration and resentment to appear in the work environment. Not a great way to build up your team or instill confidence and trust in your environment.

In the modern workplace, a cultural shift has occurred. Employees want to feel like they’re making a difference at work. Workers want more than just a job, where they punch-in and out mindlessly. People become extremely motivated when they feel that their employers have made an investment in not only them, but their success as well. Once people become invested, the sky is the limit for the things they can offer you.

How do you determine a leader from a manager?

Teamwork. A great leader was once a great follower. People who excel in team tasks not only know how to use their skills to advance a team, but can also work well with several different attitudes and points of view.

“Done Is Better Than Perfect”.

I recently ran across this phrase while reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. The more I invest in learning about entrepreneurship and leadership, the more this quote hits close to home. Those who believe in this motto have the Big Picture in mind. Nothing will ever be perfect. A great idea can never be appreciated if it never gets put on paper and out into the world. Find managers who believe in this motto because they understand that the Big Picture is always the ultimate goal and they won’t hesitate to pull the trigger when a decision needs to be made. And we all know indecision can kill a good brand.

Leadership is a skill, which means it can be learned. Take the time to invest in your staff and their success. At the end of the day, an investment in your team is an investment in your organizations long-term success.