Are You Over-Led and Under-Managed?

lead vs manage“It has become popular to talk about us being over-managed and under-led. I believe we are now over-led and under-managed.” ~ Henry Mintzberg, Simply Managing: What Managers Do—and Can Do Better (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013)

Much has been written about the difference between leaders and managers.

“Leaders are people who do the right thing,” note leadership experts Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith in Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader (Basic Books, 2003). “Managers are people who do things right.”

While this distinction is correct, it has unintended negative effects. Some leaders now believe their job is about coming up with big ideas. They dismiss executing these ideas, engaging in conversation and planning the details as mere “management” work.

Worse still, many leaders cite this distinction as the reason why they’re entitled to avoid the hard work of learning about the people they lead, the processes their companies use and the customers they serve.

This article examines the 10 roles of managers, the 5 effective mindsets of managers, and suggests ways to support and become a more effective manager.


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  • What Managers Actually Do
    1. Interpersonal Category (3 Roles)
    2. Informational Category (3 Roles)
    3. Decisional Category (4 Roles)
  • 5 Effective Managerial Mindsets
    1. Managing oneself (reflective mindset).
    2. Managing organizations (analytical mindset).
    3. Managing context (worldly mindset).
    4. Managing relationships (collaborative mindset).
    5. Managing change (action mindset).
  • The Care and Feeding of Managers
  • Becoming a More Effective Manager
  • The Right Management Mix

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