Becoming a Leader

by Brandon Steiner November 30, 2014 0 Comments

People often get confused about the different between leading and managing. They think that the two are one in the same. That’s not the case. There is a clear distinction between the two.

I think it is important to learn how to manage and even more important to grow beyond that into a leader.

What is managing?

  • Managing is maintaining.
  • Many times its waiting until the end of the month to see what happened. Managing can mean being afraid of confrontation, “and if its not broke, don’t break it.”
  • Managing is making sure that everything is okay, nice and smooth.

What is leadership?

  • Leadership takes managing a step further.
  • Leadership is, “If it isn’t broke, break it.”
  • It’s looking ahead.
  • It’s not being afraid to take people in a direction even though they don’t agree with it because you know its for the betterment of the group.
  • Leadership is helping other people plan their tomorrow today.
  • Leadership is being a little bit of a risk taker.
  • Having the power to will things to be rather than waiting for things to be.
  • Leadership is how you act when no one is looking. It’s also understanding that what you say isn’t as important as what people hear.
  • Leadership is thinking about other people and their interests before you think of your own.


Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner


Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.

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