From Management to Leadership

December 1, 2011

By Charlotte Nicely

NYWICI’s members-only Coaching Salon on Dec. 1 featured Maren Perry, an executive coach at Arden Coaching, who shared her wisdom on the difference between managers and leaders, and why becoming a leader is an important step in furthering one’s career and success. And for those who believe they are born followers, do not fret! Leadership can be an acquired skill!

Under the headline “From Management to Leadership,” Maren shared one of her favorite definitions of leadership: “Leadership is declaring a future and enrolling other people in making that future happen.” She then shared numerous nuggets of leadership wisdom with the group:
  • Your worth as a professional is made up of your content specific knowledge (or expertise) and your “being.” Your “being” is your personal brand. It’s all about how you represent yourself and interact with others.
  • Relationships are incredibly important. As a leader, those who interact with you must know you, like you and trust you. This includes co-workers, the security guard and the delivery man. You never know who is listening or watching the respect you pay toward others!
  • It’s all about enrollment. Connections don’t matter unless you’re engaged with them. To inspire others to do what you want them to, you must speak to them in their language. By understanding someone’s perceptions, wants and needs, you’ll find it easier to inspire them to join your cause. Maintain these relationships over time.
  • Leaders lead from everywhere. Leaders declare a mission and then fulfill it. Leaders take responsibility and ownership. They don’t pass the blame or make excuses.
  • You’re either growing or your dying. Competition is fierce and the world moves at a very quick pace. To lead, you must become comfortable being uncomfortable or the opportunities to succeed and grow will pass you by.
  • There is no substitute for passion. If you’re not inspired, those who look to you for guidance won’t be inspired either. Love what you do!
Finally, Maren recommended additional resources for those who are interested in learning more about becoming a leader, as opposed to just a manager:
  • “The Last Word on Power” by Tracy Goss
  •  “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath
  •  “The Radical Leap” by Steve Farber
  •  “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
  •  “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
  •  “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander
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Maren Perry, PCC, is an Executive Coach at Arden Coaching working with leaders to get their big ideas — done! Formerly a Management Consultant and Coach of a National Championship dance team, Maren’s combines her commitment to excellence, ability to read situations and people, project management skills and inspirational style in order to propel her clients far beyond what they believe to be possible. In everything she does, Maren leads from her heart, the touchstone for champions. As she says, “Leadership is Passion on Purpose.”


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