According to Forbes Magazine, a leader worries about her people; a manager worries about his boss.
Leaders walk in front and show others the way. They lift the heavy boxes first and, like Tom Sawyer, they start out by painting the fence better and faster than the crowd who gathered to watch them. It is awe that makes the crowd members pick up a brush and join in. But unlike Tom, they stay involved through the process and keep recruiting others. (Entrepreneurs figure out vinyl fences don’t need paint.)
Leaders don’t stop for nearly as many breaks or gather around and watch others, unless they are learning and comparing. They always hoe to the end of the row, even in heat, a rainstorm, or when supper is calling.
Leaders begin to sing out when the song begins, because they know the other voices will soon blend in and hide the fact they are slightly off key.
Leaders seek out the one lagging beyond, find what makes them tick, then challenge them to keep up and to keep time.
Leaders are like the Marines… first in… last out. They don’t punch a clock, they get a job done, even if they mop up what’s left behind.
Leaders work on the system, managers work in the system.