It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors. Anyone can report to a manager, but only a leader will have followers. One such distinction is the role that leaders play in individual career development, something that some managers don’t prioritize or ignore altogether.
When it comes to career development, here are five distinguishing factors in separating leaders from managers. If these indicators were on a sliding scale with leader on one end and manager on the polar opposite end, where would you fall? Go to www.nspe.org to check out the list, as compiled by Austin Lin on the site’s Young Engineers Blog, and then come back to Design News and tell us how you rank.