There is a difference, a big difference.
Managing a team of employees well is vital. Having systems to communicate, set goals and monitor progress, incent and manage performance. No question, those are essential.
But don’t settle for just that.
Are you frustrated with team members whom you sense are just checking the box, passive, are immobilized by ambiguity, and need close supervision? Those are symptoms. They need and want a leader.
Managers light a fire under employees to get results; leaders light a fire within people that transforms a team from being compliant to committed.
Do you want a team that is passionate, proactive and self-directing?
Effectively leading people catapults the team to an entirely new level of contribution, engagement, retention, and results that aren’t possible with managing by itself.