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OWNERSHIP Managers take credit for great

Management and leadership have fundamental differences that create strikingly dissimilar experiences for employees and teammates alike. Don’t fall into the common temptation of being a manager when you can become a leader. CONTROL Managers dictate. They tell people what to do, try to control every outcome, and possess as many tasks as they can because they lack trust. Leaders delegate and empower their teammates to achieve great outcomes. Leverage isn’t about making employees do something you don’t want to do. It’s about delegating tasks that play to the strengths of your teammates so they can succeed. This is where leaders give the opportunity for others to grow and, most importantly, fail. Perhaps nothing illustrates the difference between these two styles better than failure. Leaders use failure as a teaching moment rather than instilling fear.

Lencioni’s famed book. This fear can single-handedly tear down any success you hope to achieve within your organization. Leaders tackle this with understanding and empathy. By keeping the team’s dynamic in mind, they are able to encourage mutual connections that generate meaningful solutions. Leaders play to the strengths of their team members and consistently put them in positions to succeed. By embracing these concepts, you can transform your style from being that of a manager to that of a leader. But leadership isn’t just for people in managerial positions. It’s just as important for employees to demonstrate leadership as it is for someone with a managerial title. True leaders seek other leaders to work with. The nature of a leader is to foster leadership in others, but that means being receptive to improving your leadership in whatever capacity you can. So, are you a leader, or are you a manager?

accomplishments, place blame when something goes wrong, and let external forces justify their mistakes. Leaders take responsibility for everything. The book “Extreme Ownership” explains, “There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.” No one is above the team, especially the leader. When issues arise, leaders take ownership of the problem and work with their team to find mutual solutions. When success comes from that solution, the leader doesn’t take credit. Instead, they praise their team. CONFLICT Managers create and foster conflict. They fertilize a breeding ground of gossip and negativity. Leaders embrace and resolve conflict. The fear of conflict is one of the “Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” from Patrick

interview about her selective social media use. If you’re not mindful of your media consumption and participation, it tends to pile up. When you detox, it’s a lot easier to identify which parts of your media diet are essential and which are only a burden. Another benefit of a media detox is that you’ll have more time to pursue new and dormant hobbies. Because most of us consume media in small chunks throughout the day, it’s easy to overlook how much that time adds up. All those hours you spend on Facebook could be used to start a garden, knit a quilt, or join a soccer league. Unless you have an unlimited supply of leisure time (and who does?), you need to be selective in the way you spend it. Remember, media isn’t the cause of all your ills. Used mindfully, it can actually increase happiness and satisfaction. The problem is that we are so mired in the media muck that we can’t get a perspective on how much is too much. A detox will allow you to reassess the media you’re consuming and build a better plan for the future. You can still keep up with your grandkids on Facebook, but it shouldn’t be the only way you interact with the world. Do You Need A Media Detox? The Dangers of Overstimulation

With the current trend of getting TV, social media, and news alerts sent to our phones, we have access to more media than we could ever consume. While constant connectivity is a boon for many aspects of our lives, researchers are discovering that too much stimulation is cause for concern. One study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that too much social comparison, spurred by the likes of Facebook and cable news, can lead to an increased risk of depression. If you find yourself pressured to live up to the public lives of friends and family, or if you feel like you’re being bombarded with too much news and entertainment, consider a media detox. A detox doesn’t require you to unsubscribe from social media services or unplug your TV forever. Instead, think of it as a vacation from the overstimulation so many of us experience. Ask yourself which aspects of your media diet are causing more stress than they’re worth, and take a break from them for a little while. “In the same way we think about what we eat, we should think about what we read, what we’re seeing, what we’re engaging in, and what we’re interacting with every day,” Emma Watson told CNN in an

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