If you know how to get stuff done and lead a project team it may not be enough for you to become, or be perceived, as a leader. Managers tend to be task focused, while leaders are human-centered focused requiring a different skills sets: emotional and intuitive intelligence, motivating others, and turning what others may see as conflict and hindrances into opportunities.

STEM professionals are highly educated, effective, motivated, and ambitious people, who work hard to achieve success, yet are frequently frustrated and stuck by what I call “the get it done” dilemma. Those who get it done are passed over or do not create new opportunities for themselves because they are not perceived as “strategic” or “people persons”. Read on to see how to rethink what it means for a manager to become a leader.