Our reader poll today asks: How much of a difference do you see between the roles of being a manager and being a director?
- There’s a world of difference. They’re completely separate types of roles. 48.84%
- There’s some difference between them, but not a lot. 36.45%
- Pretty much no difference — a director is a glorified manager. 14.71%
The role is what you make it. If you’re not seeing a big difference between managers and directors, someone is falling short of making that director role everything it could be. Moving to director is where you make the shift to getting things done through others. The other big shift is moving from having the right answers to asking the right questions. Directors need to see beyond the horizon and ask about the things no one (including themselves) is thinking about yet. Pushing the thinking beyond today’s pressing needs is how new opportunities and threats are identified.
Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.