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Differences of a Leader and a Manager

LEADERS
MANAGERS
POSITION
Managers have a position Leaders do not have
of authority vested in subordinates- at least not
them by the company and when they are leading.
their subordinates work Many
organizational
for them and largely do as leaders
do
have
they
are
told. subordinates, but only
Management
style
is because they are also
TRANSACTIONAL, in that managers. But when they
the manager tells the want to lead, they have to
subordinate does this not give
up
formal
because they are blind authoritaritarian
control,
robot, but because they because to lead is to have
have been promised a followers and following is
reward (at minimum their always
a
voluntary
salary) for doing so.
activity.
POWER BASE
A
manager
has
the
A leader has no formal,
authority and power to tangible power over their
hire, promote, discipline followers.
Power
is
and fire employees based awarded to the leader on
on those behaviors and a temporary basis and is
performance.
contingent
upon
the
Management
is
about leaders ability to continue
efficiency
and
getting to motivate and inspire
results though systems, followership. Notice the
processes,
procedures, shift in terminology here:
controls and structure.
Managers
have
subordinates,
while
leaders have followers.
GOALS/VISIONS
Because managers are Leaders are motivating
responsible for carrying others to reach a goal;
out the four functions of management
is
about
management,
their directing
resources
to
primary concern is to reach a goal. You can
accomplish organizational manage people, but if you
goals. Managers get paid do you have to treat them
to get things done in as commodities. You cant
organizations. As such, lead commodities, but you
the
manager
is can motivate the people in
accountable
for charge
or
the
themselves as well as the commodities. You have to
behavior and performance do both to be effective.
of his or her employee.

INNOVATIVE IDEAS

Managers are concerned


with the bottom line, while
leaders
spend
time
looking at the horizon.

RISK LEVEL

Managers
embrace
process, seek stability and
control and instinctively
try to resolve problems
quickly- sometimes before
they fully understand a
problems significance.
Good
management
brought a degree of order
and consistency to key
dimensions like the quality
and
profitability
of
products.
Managers focus on tactical
activities and oftentimes
have a more directive and
controlling
approach.
Being
tactical
is
not
altogether
a
negative
approach as this is a skill
set tbat is greatly needed
in business especially in
the
fast
paced
environments most of us
work and live in. Being
able to organize people to
accomplish tasks can be a
great asset.

DEGREE OF ORDER

NATURE OF ACTIVITIES

Leadership
is
about
effectiveness
through
trust,
inspiration
and
people.
Leaders
often
challenge the status quo
that
managers
spend
much
of
their
time
upholding
to
bring
innovation
to
organizations. Leadership
is
visionary,
changesavvy, creative, agile and
adaptive.
Leaders,
in
contrast,
tolerate chaos and lack of
structure and are willing
to delay closure in order
to understand the issues
more fully in this way.
Leadership hpwever does
not produce consistency
and order. It produces
movement.

To
demonstrate
characteristics of a leader
you
must be more
strategically focused and
rather
than
directing
employees through tasks,
they inspire and motivate
employees
to
drive
themselves. Leaders are
adapting in the art of
emotional intelligence and
apply it in a way that
attains the best work out
of their people.

FOCUS

PERSPECTIVE

Management
normally
focuses on work and
tasks. These activities fit
within the subject of
resource: Human, time,
money, equipment and
anything
else
that
involves achieving the
task.
The
distinction
therefore
from
management
versus
leadership is on managing
resources
within
the
constraints of the systems
and enforcing the desired
standards of work.
Managers on the other
hand maintain the status
quo,
specializing
on
conformance
to
the
standard, and managing
teams
and
individuals
around these boundaries
that
have
been
set,
organizing and directing to
achieve the task.

Leadership focuses on
achieving tasks, keeping
the team motivated and
empowered to achieve
that
task.
Thirdly,
it
involves getting the best
out of each and every
individual for the benefit
of the team's successful
achievement
of
those
goals. It is about leading
by
example,
inspiring,
empowerment,
creating
the
most
conductive
environment
for
team
success.
Leaders set the goals and
new direction, challenging
the status quo. They are
visionaries and spearhead
the team, motivating and
leading them to reach this
new direction.