Are you a manager or a leader?
Are you a manager or a leader? As officers, we strive to do our best for our DECA chapters, but do we ever stop and assess the way we run our chapters?
Managers get the job done. They coordinate. They delegate. They solve problems. When there is an obstacle, a manager will overcome it. When there is a task to be done, the manager will see to its completion. While managers may seem like the ideal type of officer to be, they actually lack the enthusiasm and passion that is instilled in leaders. Leadership is about influence, not authority; having a title does not make someone a leader.
Leaders motivate and inspire people to take risks. They influence members in a positive manner to become involved in activities, projects, and events. They are committed to their job and are always looking to improve. Leaders look to help others for the greater good of the group. They are constantly innovating and reflecting on the past to improve the future. My favorite quality of true leaders is their ability to spark the leadership in other people. Leaders are the kind of officers needed to grow morale and spirit in chapters.
At Florida DECA, we always talk about “leaving this organization better than we found it.” No matter what we do, we look towards elevating our organization. As leaders, we need to find ways to leave our chapters better than we found them for future generations of DECA members and leaders. Make your mark. Inspire others. Have the confidence to take action.
We all dream of being the best officers possible. Take the leap from “manager” to “leader” and see how much you can accomplish this year!