Leaders vs Managers
Leaders vs Managers
A good Manager does things right, while a good Leader does the right things. Are you a Manager or a Leader?
One of these might be the first word that comes to mind when someone asks themselves, “What qualities make a good manager?” That word might or might not be part of any individual person that is a manager.
Some may think that a Manager and a Leader are the same, but they are not necessarily identical. An effective manager will have leadership qualities and “manager” will be only one facet of a “LEADER.”
A Leader possesses a natural set of talents that inspire people to follow, to be loyal, and to produce. Some managers have these qualities, but others do not possess them, or have them to some degree that can be enhanced through training and coaching. Ongoing Professional Development would target that need and a good alternative would be Self-Improvement training through books, a career coach, a counselor, a job club, a professional organization, or other entities and resources.
Some Leadership Tips
# Fix The Problem, Not The Blame.
# Tell People What You Want, Not How To Do It
# Manage the function, not the paperwork.
# You never have to make up for a good start.
# Get out of your office.
# Lead by example.
# Delegate the easy stuff.
# Don’t get caught up in looking good.
# Quality is just conformance to requirements.
# Learn from the mistakes of others.
# Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
# Set an example.
# Know Your G.P.M. (Goal + Plan + Measurements)
# Train Your Supervisors.
# You Can’t Listen With Your Mouth Open.
# Practice what you preach.
# Leaders create change.
# Don’t Limit Yourself.
# Anyone can steer the ship in calm waters.
# You have to make a difference.
What is the S.M.A.R.T
R- Relevant or Realistic
Both a manager and a leader may know the business well. But the leader must know it better and in a different way. S/he must grasp the
essential facts and the underlying forces that determine the past and
present trends in the business, so that s/he can generate a vision and
a strategy to bring about its future. One telling sign of a good
leader is an honest attitude towards the facts, towards objective
truth. A subjective leader obscures the facts for the sake of narrow
self-interest, partisan interest or prejudice.
Effective leaders continually ask questions, probing all levels of the
organization for information, testing their own perceptions, and
rechecking the facts. They talk to their constituents. They want to
know what is working and what is not. They keep an open mind for
serendipity to bring them the knowledge they need to know what is
true. An important source of information for this sort of leader is
knowledge of the failures and mistakes that are being made in their
Manager & leader are two sides of the coin leaders always involves staff in daily activities of the department & makes it a point that everybody goes in same direction specially the leader who has come up from the scratch, while managers expects sudden change & try to impress that he knows better than the others never realizing that friction arises between the staff & manager.
To be a good manager he has to come down to the staff level involve himself/herself to part of them & can bring the good result which very few mangers does.
Being a Manager you have to manage by all means and the lead the associates, Supervisor, as well his Assistant. Managing the thing means “Managerial Skill” Leading the associate means extra ordinary Skill. Manager could be by Education. But leadership skillness is neutrally/personnel skill. Not all could be LEADER. In our social life how many Leaders we have around us? Managers can be develops by Education, Responsibilities and the required measures. But leader means something else. I had struck many times with this type of debates. At last making leaders something else. Some of our friends say No paper work… How you will get analyze the thing? How you will rate the productivity? How you record the disadvantages and advantages? How you manage costs? Come on we have to Plan its need everything. Managing + Leadership = Achieve the GOALS.
A manager uses his positional power to direct, supervise and manage the resources of an organization.
A leader has way too much on his plat!!! He inspires and influences people so that a company’s vision can be achieved.
A manager is responsible for managing someone else in a company or business as he controls resources & expenditures
A leader makes decisions that other people choose to follow or obey, a person who guides or inspires others
A manager isn’t leader; however, a good leader is a great manager! Conclusion: leader wins.
This one and the other add about two side of a coin do hit best the business at current.
How many times have you seen that someone is putting an add for a leader, versus a manager.
How many of you have been ask to manage the business at hand and how many have been asking to lead but not to manage.
Specially the visionary part I like most, how many of you are already in the level of being visionary to the company you working in?
Just a thought to bring it back to the reality.
We are all good leaders or managers, but we need to understand which category we fall into. This is a nice adaptation from Jim Collins book “Good to Greats”. These are five levels:
A highly Capable Individual who “makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills and good work habits.”
A Contributing Team Member who “contributes individual capabilities to the achievement of group objectives and works effectively with others in a group setting.”
A Competent Manager who “organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives.”
An Effective Leader who “catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance standards.”
An Executive who “builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.” These leaders are described as being timid and ferocious, shy, fearless and commitment to high standards.
A leader must know how to be a right manager to do things right. Manager in his own ways and style is also a Leader. Both are required as a quality to be a successful Manager/Leader. Both have to take decisions. It’s not necessary that a decision is always right. However it’s vital for both to take/make a decision. This is itself is in a direction of doing right things. Weather the decision is right or not, it does not matter.
Having said that, Leader has in him/her an aura or a charisma that makes people follow. It could even be God gifted. It is possible for not so educated person to lead effectively and efficiently better than a highly educated person. Knowledge can be acquired. Knowledge is not purely academics. It’s much more than that.
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