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5 Steps to Stop Thinking Like a Manager: How to Become a Leader

5 Steps to Stop Thinking Like a Manager: How to Become a Leader

by Sara J. Baker, Ed.D.

In order to become a leader, you need to stop thinking like a manager. Managers are focused on the details and ensuring everything is done according to plan. Leaders, on the other hand, inspire people to be their best and focus on the big picture. A manager tells people what to do, while a leader taps into internal motivation, sets goals, and empowers people by trusting them to do their jobs.

If you want to make the transition from being a manager to becoming a leader, you need to focus on these five steps: 1) stop micromanaging, 2) learn how to delegate, 3) be more visible, 4) encourage creativity, and 5) be decisive. By taking these steps, you will inspire your team to achieve great things and help your organization reach new heights.

Read more about these five steps to get started in your transition to becoming a leader.

Step 1: Stop Micro-Managing

As a manager, you’re used to being in control and having your hands in every aspect of the business. But as a leader, you need to give your team members room to breathe and make mistakes. Trust them to do their jobs and let them learn from their own experiences.

If you want to be a successful leader, it’s important to know when to step back and let others take the lead. Micromanaging your team will only hinder their ability to grow and develop their own skills. Instead, trust them to do their jobs and allow them to learn from their own experiences. This will give them the confidence they need to take on more responsibility and contribute to the success of your business.

When you give your team members the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, you’ll create a stronger, more cohesive unit that is better equipped to handle any challenge that comes your way.

5 Steps to Stop Thinking Like a Manager: How to Become a Leader

Step 2: Delegate Tasks

As a manager, you’re used to doing everything yourself. But as a leader, you need to delegate tasks to your team members in order to build trust and camaraderie. Not only will this free up your time, but it will also show your team that you trust them enough to handle important assignments.

As a manager, it can be tempting to try to do everything yourself. After all, you’re used to being in control and you’re used to getting things done your way. However, when you become a leader, it’s important to delegate tasks to your team members. This will help build trust and camaraderie within your team.

Not only will it free up your time, but it will also show your team that you trust them enough to handle important assignments. When delegating tasks, be sure to give clear instructions and deadlines. You should also provide adequate resources and support so that your team members can successfully complete the task at hand.

By delegating tasks, you’ll be able to focus on more important matters and you’ll give your team the opportunity to shine.

Step 3: Be More Visible

As a manager, you may be used to working behind the scenes. But as a leader, you need to be more visible and approachable so that your team can come to you with questions or concerns. This doesn’t mean that you have to be in the spotlight all the time, but it does mean that you need to be accessible and approachable. Your team should feel like you are available so they can easily ask you questions or concerns.

One way to show your team that you’re accessible is to lead by example. Get out from behind your desk and walk around the office. Make a point to talk to your team members every day, and encourage them to come to you with any questions or concerns they may have.

5 Steps to Stop Thinking Like a Manager: How to Become a Leader

By being more visible, you’ll build trust and credibility with your team, and you’ll be better able to provide the guidance and support they need to be successful.

Step 4: Encourage Creativity

As a manager, you’re used to following the rules and sticking to the status quo. But as a leader, you need to encourage your team to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative ideas. Creativity is what drives businesses forward, so don’t be afraid to encourage it in your team.

In today’s business world, creativity is more important than ever. That’s why it’s so important for leaders to encourage their team members to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative ideas. The best way to do this is to create an environment where creativity is valued and encouraged.

This means giving team members the freedom to experiment and take risks. It also means establishing channels for open communication so that team members feel comfortable sharing their ideas.

By creating a culture of creativity, you’ll ensure that your team is always coming up with new and exciting ways to move your business forward.

Step 5: Be Decisive

As a manager, you’re used to taking your time and weighing all the options before making a decision. But as a leader, you need to be more decisive and confident in your decisions. Your team will look to you for guidance, so you need to be able to make tough calls quickly and confidently.

Being decisive shows that you are in control and that you have the ability to make tough decisions. It also shows that you are confident in your decisions and that you believe in yourself and your team. Leaders who are indecisive often find themselves being pulled in different directions by their team, and this can lead to confusion and frustration. So if you want to be a successful leader, learn to be decisive. This doesn’t mean that you rush to foolish decisions, but it does mean that you know when to move forward and avoid “paralysis analysis.” It may take some practice, but it will be worth it in the end.

5 Steps to Stop Thinking Like a Manager: How to Become a Leader

Being a leader is more than just managing a team – it’s about inspiring others to achieve their best. And while learning how to manage a team is the first step on the leadership journey, true success comes from focusing on developing key leadership skills. Communication is vital in any leadership role, as it allows you to effectively communicate your vision and motivate your team to achieve common goals.

Being able to relate to your team members is also important, as it helps build trust and create a sense of camaraderie. Finally, leaders need to be able to make tough decisions, even when it means making unpopular choices.

When you focus on developing these essential leadership skills, you can reach your full potential as a leader and help your team reach its full potential as well.

Get started today by following these steps so you can start to think and act like a leader instead of a manager. Lead your team to greatness by inspiring them, empowering them with your trust, being courageous in your decision-making, being more visible and encouraging creativity.

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Dr. Sara Baker, Founder of the Leadership Reformation

About the Author

Dr. Sara Baker is an advocate for positive leadership and healthy workplaces. With over 20 years of experience leading private and public organizations, she understands the challenges that employees and leaders face every day.

Sara is the author of Toxic Workplace Survival Guide, an essential resource for anyone who wants to thrive in spite of a toxic work environment or who is ready to quietly quit. In addition to her writing, Sara provides online courses for leadership development and coping with a toxic workplace.

Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends on her farm in Texas.

Dr. Sara Baker, Founder of the Leadership Reformation

About the Author

Dr. Sara Baker is a thought leader in the area of positive leadership and healthy workplaces. With over 20 years of experience leading private and public organizations, she understands the challenges that employees face every day.

Sara is the author of Toxic Workplace Survival Guide, an essential resource for anyone who wants to thrive in spite of a toxic work environment or who is ready to quietly quit. In addition to her writing, Sara provides online courses for leadership development and coping with a toxic workplace.

Sara enjoys spending time with her family and friends on her farm in Texas.

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