Jill Geisler, head of Poynter’s Leadership and Management program, uses the terms “leader” and “manager” somewhat interchangably in this piece.

As most of us learn,  managers are usually expected to be leaders. And leaders find they do a lot of managing.

The point is that if you’re out in front, here’s what counts:

“Integrity is the cornerstone of leadership.  For managers, intelligence — both cognitive and emotional — is important. But research says that employees rate trustworthiness as more important than competence in their managers.

“I think that’s because so many managers lead people who are smarter than they are. The staff doesn’t expect the boss to be a genius; they want a supervisor they can trust.

“Trust is confidence, in the face of risk, that another person will act with integrity. Tell the truth. Share credit. Take blame. Make decisions based on values. Reject prejudice.”

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