The difference between managing a team and leading a team is empowerment.
When leading, your team is empowered to do the work because they want to. Give your team the proper tools to achieve their tasks and the goals required, and they will feel empowered. Mix in some enthusiasm and you have the winning formula for empowerment. As a manager, my goal is to empower my team, not to micro manage them. Micro managing can lead to loss of motivation and fire. Creative minds have a tendency to follow certain steps throughout their day. They know what they like to do and how to do it.
I work with a group of very creative individuals who hold themselves accountable for their work. Each one of us works different hours from different locations with our own departments to lead. Everyone in my team manages something; blogs, social media, web development or graphic design. Managing my team is easy because they work with determination and drive.
So you may ask… where do I come in. My role is as a leader and I take it very seriously. Dwight Eisenhower once said leadership “is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it”. That is the core philosophy of my leadership. I do my best to empower my team to do their job with enthusiasm, spunk and greatness.
Luckily, the individuals I work with are among the best at what they do.