Managing And Leading Are Very Different Things

Managing is about maintaining something that already exists, leading is about creating something where it didn’t exist before. Which means… when leading, you can’t know what to do. You have to figure it out as you go.

So here’s the million dollar question: should you listen to your team, your bosses, or yourself?

The trick is knowing who to trust.

My Motto

The person closest to a problem is the one who can solve it best.

In short, trust yourself, and use the input of others to inform your decisions. Never disregard you own experience and instincts just because someone is senior to you. Even if they have “done it before” – they can’t know what you know.

And remember, you hire people to solve problems. Let them… or fire them… but don’t tell them what to do.