I can’t imagine how scary it was for Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting, to move across the country without a plan. A single mom at the time, she left her daughter with her father to start graduate school at the University of San Diego. No job. A few thousand dollars. And hope. That’s all she had.
But it was more than enough because McClintick saw the big picture.
And that’s what defines a leader, she said.
“The cool thing about leadership and management is that it doesn’t matter what the industry is; the concepts are the same,” McClintick said. “A leader helps to look at the bigger picture and to collect energy around where an organization is going. A manager, quite honestly, ‘manages’ all the details of where the organization is going. They are the day-to day-experts. But leaders are always looking at tomorrow.”
On Nov. 6, McClintick will give the keynote address at Destination Michigan’s Showcase of Ideas, which will be held at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath. A respected leadership expert, McClintick will help participants:
- Identify individual strengths and development areas for immediate application.
- Describe the differences between a “leader” and a “manager” mindset.
- Predict the ideal mindset based on a variety of different scenarios.
- Illustrate how to smoothly adjust “styles” for better results when working with varying personalities.
- Explain how to empower personal communication skills for enhanced group collaboration.
Read bullet No. 2 again. Think about your organization. What’s your role? Are you a leader or a manager? It’s not that easy, right?
Managers love details, organization, structure and a schedule, McClintick said. They’re sort-of the “type As” of the world. They like to know expectations upfront and dread distraction. As a “type A” person myself, I get this. And I’m guessing a lot of you do, too.
But instead of concentrating on details and execution, leaders see the big picture. And sometimes that means time management and organization fall by the wayside. Leaders tend to “wing it” (which can drive managers crazy) and they love networking. Oh. And comfort zones don’t apply often to leaders.
And then some people are hybrids because, as McClintick says, leadership skills can be taught.
Obviously, it takes leaders and managers to make an organization work, but often communication styles clash. Leaders are great at managing diverse personalities. Managers? Maybe.
And that’s where McClintick can help.
“First and foremost, leadership is an opportunity that applies to everyone on Earth,” she said. “It’s not reserved for specific people. Leadership is one of the most uniquely human, most powerful gifts given to us. It’s a choice we can all make and when we make it, truly amazing things can be achieved.”
There’s so much more I could write about this topic – I find it fascinating. And I will. But for now, McClintick writes a blog and hosts “Leadership Lowdown,” a radio segment on Michigan Business Network.
Tune in and let me know what you think.