Are You a Leader or a Manager? Part 4

Are You a Leader or a Manager? Part 4

Today, I’d like to talk about time management. Time management is something everyone struggles with at one time or another.

Time management is handled very differently between leaders and managers because of what they prioritize. Leaders focus more on the people that are on the team, and will spend more time getting with each individual to obtain information and opinions on what needs to be done. People who are leaders will not have a problem setting time aside to discuss key issues that may be holding the team back or keeping them from being productive. If someone has a good idea as to what needs to be done, a leader wants to hear the concept so that future groups may benefit from it.

Since managers are about getting results, time is most wisely used when people are working. The only meetings or gatherings that need to be constructed are in order to talk about people’s responsibilities and what needs to be done in order to finish on time. Managers will only pull people aside if it is absolutely necessary, as they are taking that person’s time when they could be working. In essence, managers will only pull people aside when they need to be coached or an issue needs to be addressed. Managers may also group everyone together in order to reorganize goals so that everything can be accomplished in a timely manner. Managers are focused on getting things done on time, and will manage their time accordingly.

Do you struggle with time management? How do you handle it? Are you more of a leader or manager when it comes to your training business?

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