Few managers are actually leaders. The difference between the two? A manager is someone who has people reporting to her. A leader is someone who people will follow, even if they don’t report to her. What separates the leader from the manager is the respect and trust of her people.
When team members trust you, they feel secure in sharing their opinions without the fear of judgment or retribution. They know if you push them, you do so with their best interests in mind. And what’s the result? It’s a highly motivated and productive team.