Make Your Mark on the World
Many of us fall into the trap of trying to live our lives in a role that may not suit us. There has been a lot of research done in this area by both the Gallup polls and by bestselling author, Peter Drucker. He wrote the book, ‘The Effective Executive’, and extensively discussed this topic.
So, which one of the three life roles should you use to make your mark on the world? The three life roles are the following:
- Leader- 10% of the world’s population: Leaders are people who set things into motion and know how to get things done.
- Manager- 30% of the world’s population: Managers are the types who run organizations and put things into action.
- Practitioner- 60% of the world’s population: Practitioners are people who do the work. Examples would be doctors, lawyers, dentists, carpenters, and plumbers… etc.
Let’s take the time to break these life roles down and look closely at each one.
- Leaders want to know the “why” of an issue: They like to begin with the why and build from there.
- Leaders lead with Effectivity: They make sure they are doing the right thing. Nothing is more useless than doing something really well, that shouldn’t have been done in the first place.
- Leaders know how to figure out the right things to implement to create action: They apply principles and concepts, ideologies, vision, and mission to any problem.
- Leaders are concerned about: Getting the right people, in the right place, doing the right things, the right way, for the right reasons… creating success.
- Managers are focused on the ‘what’ of an issue: What are the tasks to be accomplished to achieve the goal? What standards are needed to complete the objective?
- Managers are Efficient: They make sure the job is well done. They know how to integrate the leader’s principles and concepts into the workers methods and processes. They enforce protocol and direction.
- Practitioners are people who know how to get things done: They know how to follow directions and procedures to do the job right.
- Practitioners are the people who do the work: They are proficient and implement the methods and processes in the context of the principles and concepts governing their use.
It is clear that life roles should be based on ones superpowers (traits and attributes) to power them, and that life roles are dependent upon life orientation, life domain, and interest to give them context. For example, I am a leader, but I am philosophical in nature, so I need to lead from a philosophical perspective. I also need to acknowledge my life domain, which is information. This helps me to understand I am best when I am researching and obtaining information to lead individuals in the philosophical issues of life. So, I am a thought leader verses an organizational leader. There is a difference.
What is your formula for success? What are your SUPERPOWERS? I use Compass in my practice, Living My Purpose, to help inspire my clients, to help them learn about their superpowers and how to engage their SUPER POWERED POTENTIAL to change the world for the better.