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Nick Sprague
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In discussing the most common problem in leadership I have seen a lot of responses regarding managing vs leading, with the latter being what we strive for. I think the overall problem is we often don’t recognize when to flip the switch from one to the other. We strive to be a leader and not a manager but there are times where being a manager is the only solution to the situation and we don’t want to flip the switch for one reason or another. Maybe we don’t want to be perceived as a manager, maybe we have been told at every leadership class we go to that leading is what we strive for, or a myriad of other reasons but it causes hesitation or even failure to change roles.