Leaders vs. Managers

Management consists of controlling a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal.

Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success.

Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control.

Leaders Tend to:

  1. Create and articulate a vision of what the organization could achieve in the long run.
  2. Frequently think strategically
  3. Stress relationships with others, values and commitment – the emotion and spiritual aspects of the organization.
  4. Moves the organization in new directions – being unsatisfied with maintaining the status quo.
  5. Empower people to act on their own to achieve objectives.
  6. Generate a feeling of meaning in work – its value and importance.
  7. Favor taking risks and making changes.
  8. Have an insatiable passion to continuously develop themselves – eager to learn

Managers Tend to:

  1. Stress organization, coordination nd control of resources (e.g. people, equipment, etc.)
  2. Focus on the achievement of short term objectives and goals.
  3. Fear uncertainty and acts cautiously.
  4. Insist people check with him/her on every detail before acting.
  5. Seldom think strategically
  6. Enforce fulfillment of agreements
  7. Concentrate on maximizing results from existing functions and systems.
  8. Tend not to push themselves to learn new things