For me, there is a major difference in my experience with managers and leaders.
If you are trying to make a system function with minimal investment, then I’m often a rather exhausting ball of energy to deal with. I think too much, speak up too often, and I need a reason for everything. For managers, I can be the most frustrating resource to deal with.
For that reason, I’ll do about 10% of what I could; you will only get the amount of greatness out of your workers that you (a) demand and (b) make space for.
On the other hand, there are those leaders. I can count them on one hand and call them by name. They hear my questions, they note my quirks, and they have a vision that those things fit into. They wonder about the other 90% of me and ask about it, then they give me a mission that makes use of that 90% and here’s the kicker: I joyfully give it to them with enthusiasm because they involve me in making that path. I’m a source of energy for them because they genuinely enjoy the perspective.
I’m not just another thing for them to deal with.
That, in the last week, has been quite a rush.