5 Differences Between Initiators and Leaders Everyone Should Learn

5 Differences Between Initiators and Leaders Every Student Must Learn

Leadership is a common concept in management circles. No institution can prosper if it doesn’t have a visualized leadership strategy.

The success of any company is determined by its manager’s experience and leadership. Meaning that poor management leads to poor results and vice versa. In the light of this, it is important for every student to learn the differences between an initiator and a leader.

Since students are the leaders of tomorrow, it is important that they learn the basics of social command.

No wonder this topic is very common in management courses. Unfortunately, some students fail to defend their ideas well, thereby scoring poorly. Not because they don’t understand the concept, but mostly because they have loads of other assignments to tackle.

Without further ado, here’s how leaders are different from initiators.

1. Initiators start, leaders finish.

We cannot divide leadership from management. These are two different concepts but they are intertwined.

An initiator can be said to that person who is the 1st to conceive an idea but might not be the implementer. The conceived idea may be brilliant but lack of proper know-how on how to actualize the idea may pose implementation challenges.

For one to succeed, it is imperative to conduct an extensive research.  

On the other hand, a commander is someone who is familiar with personnel control and guidance matters as they could have handled similar issues before thus they have the secrets. To start with, a chief will conduct an intensive research and will only commit resources if they are certain it will succeed. Rarely you will find them rushing to invest in something they have just learned about.

Again, whereas the initiator focuses on the near future, a commander is a visionary person who is able to look into the distant future to see all the prospects of the idea they have in mind.

2. Leaders are more experienced.

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Obviously, unlike initiators, leaders are highly experienced individuals and this is the key trait that differentiates them from beginners.

Their main role in an organization is decision-making and policy formulation. It the manager’s objective to ensure the company achieves its goals by organizing, controlling and harnessing the actions of employees towards achieving those goals.

3. Leaders can easily be initiators.

A true commander can initiate ideas but an initiator may not be or become a leader. This is because whereas anyone can generate an idea, not everyone can guide.

For initiators to lead, they must possess the required traits and must be subjected to the rigorous testing process.

You cannot just wake up today and say you want to lead. You must possess unique leadership traits that no other person has, to be recognized.

Skills of a successful leader

There are certain traits a good leader should possess to succeed in their endeavors. For example,

  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to motivate others. It is evident that productivity increases if workers are motivated. This is because it enhances their work performance and the quality and output increases proportionately.
  • A good commander should exude confidence. People who are not confident in what they are doing cannot inspire and win the trust of their team members.
  • Another trait of a good commander is trustworthiness and integrity. The integrity of a leader should be beyond reproach. They should be people who are ready to ‘walk the talk’ or people who ‘mean what they say’.
  • A leader should be self-determined. A determined manager focuses on the goals and objectives of an organization. Meaning, they are creative, self-driven and persistent.

4. Manager vs leader.

Unlike a manager whose work involves planning and resource management, an experienced leader gives directions to enhance organization’s productivity. Their main concern is end results but not the processes. They do not mind about their popularity, all they want is positive results.

A leader can learn and become a good manager. But a good manager cannot learn to become a good leader.

Command training is crucial as it makes an employee more effective. But to managers, it helps them to discover their untapped potential. In other words, if training is honed with some intuitive and personal leadership abilities, one becomes a more effective commander.

5. Initiators may lack the resources/skills to execute ideas.

Have you ever heard of people having brilliant ideas only to hear someone else and mostly a company implementing the same idea? The reason is that although anyone can conceive an idea. However, putting that idea into action is challenging as it requires both capital and human resources.  

The biggest challenge initiators face is the inability to mobilize huge resources required and therefore they are forced to turn to others for financial support. No matter how good an idea is, if one is to implement it without recourse to others, it is good to plan and develop strategies for addressing implementation challenges.

In conclusion, initiators may come up with good ideas but lack the required resources and the ability to influence others to support them. On the other hand, a leader can easily influence even without occupying a position, as they are influential persons.

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Helen Birk is an enthusiastic writer and researcher for UK EduBirdie. She believes that anyone is capable of anything given the right motivation. Her main interest is helping students become successful in their study and future job.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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