Are you a leader, manager, coach, or mentor?
It’s really a trick question, because each of us probably has occasion to play all four of these roles from time to time. However, we can only play one of them at a time and deciding which of the four is most appropriate for the situation can be challenging. How do you know which is best for any given moment?
To answer this question, we must first examine the core elements of each function.
I like to say the primary function of leadership is to create motivation through uncertainty. Leadership is about communicating a vision of the future. A vision of a better way and a better place.
Although this vision is inspiring, it also creates a degree of uncertainty, because we do not yet know how to achieve that vision. We don’t know how to get there. We have direction (via destination) but we do not have directions.
In terms of results, leadership is...