Having a management title doesn’t necessarily make you a leader. There are a variety of differences in how leaders and managers motivate people towards a common goal. A recent article in Fast Company broke down what separates leaders and managers.

The biggest takeaway is that you don’t have to be in upper management to be a leader. Tammy Perkins, chief people officer and leadership expert at Fjuri says, “The primary distinction between a manager and a leader is that you don’t have to hold a management job title to be a leader, and a leader doesn’t have to have formal power over direct reports.” To be a leader, you need to have a big picture view and a vision of what lies ahead for your company. It’s also important to read articles about trends in your industry.

Great leaders are in tune with their team, and they have a large amount of emotional intelligence. In order to be emotionally intelligent, one must have a high level of self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills. When reacting to people and their circumstances, it can be helpful to take a moment to pause before answering someone.

Leaders are not afraid to take risks, and they frequently step outside their comfort zone. Trying something you are not familiar with can be challenging, but it can help you learn a new skill or a way of thinking. To be an effective leader it’s vital to listen to feedback. By listening to feedback, you create an engaged workforce who feels their input is being taken seriously.

How will this information shape the way you approach your workplace?

Stay tuned…