Leader vs Manager

Today’s post will be short. It’s about your aspiration.

If you aspire to be a manager, be ready to climb the ladder. It could be a short ladder (if you start with a small company,) but the ladder’s length is proportionate to the size of the organization. Manager is about ranking, and ranking by definition, requires tenure. You put your time and effort in, long enough, hard enough, and hopefully you can become a manager (before the next guy, or better than the next guy, or before a better guy comes along.)

Leader, on the other hand, is instantaneous. The moment you (or really, I) grow a pair of balls and decide to be one, I become a leader. Manager requires permission. Leader requires balls.

Whichever one comes easier for you (and I.)