Many times the terms Leader or Manager are loosely used because the speaker doesn’t know the difference between the two. Keeping it simple, a manager manages a process and the leader leads a group or team in the pursuit of a successful endeavor . The truth is Leadership and Management are not the same thing but must go hand in hand for success to be attained. The Wall Street Journal wrote a nice comparison years ago to simplify the difference. How to determine Leader or Manager;
– The manager administers; the leader innovates.
– The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.
– The manager maintains; the leader develops.
– The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
– The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
– The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
– The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
– The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.
– The manager imitates; the leader originates.
– The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
– The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
– The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
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