Managing People

Abraham Lincolcn Statue

You don’t manage people. You lead people. People are human beings, not things.

Let us face it. You don’t manage people, you manage things. People are not things; they are human beings with emotions. Emotions are powerful. That is what makes it really difficult to manage people.

When I hear people, managers, leaders, saying how they manage their people, it doesn’t sit well with me at all. If you want people to listen to you, to follow you, to work with you, to help you succeed, you don’t manage them, you lead them. Leading people is the only way to success.

“Leaders lead. Managers Manage.”

You lead people. You don’t manage them. You manage things. If you try to manage your people, they will not follow you. But if you show them the way forward, they will follow you to hell.

You are a leader, not a manager. Manage your things, and lead your people. People want you to lead them, not to manage them. Be a leader and a manager. You need both to be successful.  

2 Things To Conquer

Orange and Blue Abstract Painting
Pixel/Steve Johnson

You have two things to conquer: 1) the world. 2) Yourself.

To conquer the world, you must first conquer yourself. If you can successfully conquer yourself, you have won the biggest battle of all. Buddha said, “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.” Then you can conquer the world. You can conquer the world, you can understand the world only if you conquer yourself, only if you understand yourself. If you know who you are, you can know others. If you don’t know who you are, you cannot know other people. Know yourself to know others. Conquer yourself to conquer the world.

You can.