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Visionaries, Leaders, Mentors, and Managers.

By Angela Murray
Human Bees Marketing Manager

Over the course of my career, I have had the good fortune to work with all levels – leaders, mentors, and managers.  Leaders can also be mentors and managers.  Visionaries can also be leaders. Whatever the level, without a doubt they have an influence on our lives.  The definitions below are my personal definitions of what these roles mean in an organization.

Who is a visionary?

My personal definition is that a visionary is someone who can see the larger picture – can see not only what the company looks like now, but what it will look like in the future – can see and define where they want the company to go.  A visionary is not afraid to take risks to achieve the long term vision.  Often a vision is not just about profits, it’s about people. Who can we help along the way? What will our product or service do for this community, for the world?   A vision can also encompass not only where the company is going, but what the culture is or will be.  A visionary can answer the question, who do we want to be as a company?

Who is a leader?

A visionary and a leader are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but they can hold separate roles within an organization.  A leader is someone who can inspire and motivate the team to help achieve the vision, whether theirs or someone else’s.  A leader is able to work with a wide variety of people and personalities, and ideally can instill the vision into the team in a way that inspires.  

Who is a manager?

A manager is someone who is able to take all of the components of a particular role or multiple roles, and become the go-to person for the team – a manager answers questions, oversees projects and people, and helps the flow of the team.  A manager can also be a mentor, and help to build their employee’s careers with guidance, advice, and teaching.  

In today’s world, all of these roles have become much more challenging, so it’s important to work with a company that understands how to adapt to change, how to lead into the future, how to visualize the company’s future, and how to hire a team that believes in the mission. At Human Bees, we have that team.  When you’re looking for a position, consider not only your own abilities, but the values and vision of the organization you’re considering and decide if it’s a match for you.  Whether you are a visionary, leader, manager, mentor, or employee helping to build, all roles make a difference.  To learn more about our team and how we can help, contact us today!