So much has been written about management vs. leadership.
Keynote speaker David Mead (part of author Simon Sinek’s team) describes the difference between management and leadership by breaking them up into two separate functions: management is all of the daily tactical tasks; leadership is all about the building of your people.
While I don't disagree with that, maybe there is another way to look at this. A hybrid of sorts?
"Jumping in the trenches" is a phrase I use often when describing my leadership style.
There is nothing more rewarding to me than mentoring or teaching (leading) by sitting alongside a teammate to work through an opportunity or problem — peer to peer. There is something so old school and gritty about getting your hands dirty once in a while as a leader.
The next time you face a choice to lead or manage, perhaps try "doing."
Managing is necessary, good leadership a bonus, but mentoring — that's a true gift.
Inward. Onward. Upward!