The hardest transition to make when you step into a leadership role is the one from maker to manager. When you are early in your career, you are primarily evaluated on your ability to do the work – to control it, shape it, and make it great. However, once you transition into leadership your job is no longer to do the work, it’s to LEAD the work. This is a fundamentally different responsibility, and one that many managers get wrong.
In this episode of the Herding Tigers podcast, I discuss some tensions that every leader of creative people experiences as they attempt the shift from maker to manager, and how to deal with them.
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