Inside Supply Management Magazine

Creating Leaders Out of Managers

May 16, 2016

How Do Managers Become Leaders?

ISM2016 session on Monday, May 16, 2016

Moderator: Alpar Kamber, managing partner, Denali Group.

Panelists: Miriam Limbach, director, medical device sourcing, Bayer; Vytas Silesoraitis, strategic sourcing leader, Google; Jennifer Cicinelli, director of procurement, Ann Inc.; and Krystelle Bilodeau, assistant director, retail and wholesale debt administration, Bank of Canada.

The difference between a manager and a leader can be subtle. But panelists say that being a manager means working within a set of requirements and restraints while being a leader means enabling others to share a vision, and helping to remove those requirements and restraints to reach that vision.

Panel Monday

Key takeaways:

When you transition from peer to leader, realize that the impact of your words is amplified, particularly in the eyes of those who previously were your peers.

Don’t expect to learn leadership by reading books. It takes practice and time to develop into a leader. Don’t pressure yourself to be a great leader from Day 1.

It’s okay for leaders not to have answers for everything.

Trust is a significant part of being a leader. Talk openly about what you’re planning to do and then do it.

Managers become leaders because they demonstrate diplomacy, empathy and sound judgment.

Key quote: “Leadership is a journey. It is not a destination.” — Alpar Kamber.

ISM2016 is May 15-18 in Indianapolis.