Managers have to lead! I suppose you can be a leader and delegate all of your management duties. But a manager can't discard their role as leader. In fact, all of your management tasks are dependent upon you creating a team of enthusiastic, independent yet collaborative associates.
First, do you really know them? Have you taken time to understand each one individually? Do you know what matters to them? Are you aware of their professional and perhaps even, personal goals? The answers to these questions are the foundation for leading someone.
Second, do you spend intentional time with them? I am not speaking about handing out job assignments or conducting reviews. I mean do you daily invest time in them individually and as a team to let them know the results you expect, how you will support them, and clear any obstacles. If you do, then you are leading.
Finally, do they believe you are trying to catch them doing something right? Don't underestimate the power of strength-based appreciation. If you want more ideas on how to do these three things then go to Amazon.com and buy my new book which is being released today, A Leader's Gift - How to Earn the Right to Be Followed. And if you buy it today Amazon will give you the e-book for FREE!