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As the leader in your business, you have probably spent some time defining your team’s key performance indicators. Have you ever considered what your own KPIs should be?

I believe that there are 3 key KPIs that every business leader needs to measure for themselves – and these are very different from a manager’s KPIs.

Leadership is about aligning people to the big picture. Management is about the details of the mechanics and efficiency in the business.

It is only by measuring and tracking your own KPIs for each of these roles that you can truly take your business to the next level.

Prefer to read rather than watch and listen? No problem – here’s everything I said in the video as text:

Hi! This is Shweta from London Coaching Group, where I want to talk about today is the difference between leadership and management. We’ve seen, very often, leadership and management, they are used very closely and in a very intertwined way. But they have some very distinct features.

Now before we talk about that, a very simple question which I asked my clients, saying that if you are the head of the company, what are your key performance indicators? How would you know that you’re doing a good job as the head of the company, as the business owner? And at this point I really want you to pay attention to three simple key performance indicators that you have as the head of the business and in fact jot them down.

  • The first one is setting the direction of the company. Right, being very clear as to where this company is heading to.
  • The second is actually ensuring that there is network of people. Who are there to deliver on the tasks and products and services?
  • The third one is actually ensuring that people are doing what they have to do.

Let’s recap, the first is setting the direction. The second is ensuring that there is network of people, including your hired people plus the outsourced people, plus the suppliers, the whole network which is required. The third is ensuring people are doing what they have to do now across these three key points, which are the key performance indicators for the head of the business. There are distinctions as far as the leaders concerned and the managers concerned.

Now it’s possible that you’re lucky and you have a co-partner or a co-director who’s actually the complement to your style of working in the business. Or, it’s possible that it’s you who has to wear the hat of both the leader and the manager in the business. Now let’s try to understand as far as setting the direction for the business is concerned.

The leader sets the goal right? Sets the bigger picture, the vision that this is where we are heading to. Where the manager, you as a manager, you’re supposed to be planning and budgeting, you know the small steps. How are we going to go to that end goal?

As far as the creation of the networks of people is concerned, the role of you as a leader is to keep aligning the people to that direction. Wherein, you as a manager you’re supposed to be organizing the talent hiring the talent and managing the performance of that talent which requires a lot of detailing.

Lot of day to day management of the activities of people, and then again ensuring that people are doing what they have to do. The leader is the one. And you as the leader are supposed to be motivating people whether it’s on a monthly basis, quarterly basis, fortnightly, or weekly basis. Wherein you as a manager on a day to day basis, your role is to actually make sure that you’re controlling the problems, you’re preempting the problems, and you are systematizing the solution.

Now if you have been listening to me you will realize that leadership is more about the motivation. It’s about the big picture. It’s about aligning people to that big picture. Wherein the management is more granular, it’s more detailedIt’s controlling the problem, systemizing the solutions. It’s about hiring people and making sure that they are actually getting inducted properly.

About planning, budgeting the details, the orientation of a leader. When you are a leader your orientation should be. Why and what and when you are in your managerial role at that time, your orientation is how you know the details of how we’re going to do that and what I have seen working with different businesses across different sectors.

Generally speaking, business owners are clear as to what they want to achieve. Mostly, yeah, most of the times. But in terms of how to go about achieving that, what is the most efficient manner? I see that you know a lot of mistakes happen and I’m fine with mistakes, but the things which can be avoided should be avoided because at the end of the day if there is a critical success spot, as in the shortest and the most sustainable path from point A to Point B from where you are to where you can be, then I would highly recommend that please get in touch with us so we can sit down and we can identify that what is the best part from where you are to where you can be. Which can help you save time, which can help you save money and, most importantly, which can help you become the best that you can be. Achieved the best that you totally deserve and desire.

Be the best manager and leader you can be.

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