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Are you a leader or a manager?

 What is the difference between management and leadership? Is Management means leadership? This is the question which always makes all of us confused. It is a question that has been asked more than once and also answered in different ways. But there is a little difference, because every leader is not manager but every manager is leader.

The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate the people who work or follow them, and this sets the tone for most other aspects of what they do.

Many people, by the way, are both. They have management jobs, but they realize that you cannot buy hearts, especially to follow them down a difficult path, and so act as leaders too.

Before deciding either you are a leader or a manager, know yourself the answer of following questions: who are the leaders and who are the managers? Is there is difference or not in between leaders and manager? Are managers and leaders are same? What is the work of leaders and what is the work of managers?

The answer is here:

 Leadership is a process through which one influences others towards the stated goals and objective of the organization. Leading is one important function of management only next to planning and organizing. It is the liveliest element in the management process. It initiates actions to translate the decisions into concrete actions.

 Managers have to lead their subordinates through guiding and motivating. Leading involves directing, influencing and motivating employees to perform essential tasks. Management is the functional group of various works like planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling.

The person who performs this work is called manager. And he has the formal authority from his position in the organization. Every manager has to act as a leader in his area of operation. This means he has to guide, instruct, lead and motivate his subordinates so as to use their skills, efficiency, capacity etc. for the benefit of his Organization. He has to influence the behavior of his subordinates and get the work done through their collective efforts.

 Leadership qualities are required in order to conduct various managerial functions effectively. Each and every group of people engaged in a particular activity needs a leader in order to guide, co-ordinate and control their efforts. In this sense, leadership is required for the conduct of economic, social, political or cultural activities. Leadership is follower ship. A good leader leads but does not push. Effective leadership can guide a group towards certain ideals without exerting much force. Managers who possess the quality of guiding and directing the subordinates under inspired impulses can be called business leaders.

 Leadership is concerned with getting results through people and implies the Organization of staff into productive teams, groups and departments. Leadership entrails the creation of human structures, their motivation and direction; the resolution of conflicts at the workplace, creating vision for the entire business and providing resources in support of this.

The difference is:

  • Managers have employees; Leaders win followers.
  • Managers react to change; Leaders create change.
  • Managers have good ideas; Leaders implement them.
  • Managers communicate; Leaders persuade.
  • Managers direct groups; Leaders create teams.
  • Managers try to be heroes; Leaders make heroes of everyone around them.
  • Managers take credit; Leaders take responsibility.
  • Managers are focused; Leaders create shared focus.
  • Managers exercise power over people; Leaders develop power with people.
  • 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.
  • A manager maintains; A leader develops.
  • A manager measures projections; A leader projects measures.
  • A manager ensures that things are done right; A leader ensures that the right things are being done.
  • A manager ensures that rules are followed (such as laws, regulations and policy); A leader empowers and inspires innovation.
  • A manager deals in detail; A leader in possibility.
  • A manager magnifies corporate policies, processes and procedures; A leader magnifies the person, their capabilities and their purpose.
  • A manager deals in the probable; A leader deals in the possible.


After these points I am sure that you will able to differentiate between leaders and managers. And can decide what you are, either a leader or a manager?

A manager is a person in an organization who is responsible for carrying out the four functions of management, including planning, organizing, leading and controlling.
You will notice that one of the functions is leadership,  so you might ask yourself if it would be safe to assume that all managers are leaders. Theoretically, yes-all managers would be leaders if the effectively carry out their leadership responsibilities to communicate, motivate, inspire and encourage employees towards a higher level of productivity. However, not all managers are leaders simply because all managers can do all of those items just listed. An employee will follow the directions of a manager for how to perform a job because they have to, but an employee will voluntarily follow the directions of a leader because they believe in who they are as a person, what they stand for and for the manner in which they are inspired by their leader. A manager becomes a manager by virtue of their position, and subordinates will follow the manager because of his or her job description and title.
Managers possessing leadership qualities are called business leaders. So finally we can say to be a successful manager he needs to have various skills like organizational skills, communication skills, team building skills, coping skills, technical skills etc. along with most importantly leadership skills. So, there may a question arise that: Could a manager be a better leader for organizational success? The answer most be, yes he could. But he should consider some tiny matters. To make managerial leadership more effective a manager should start to look surrounding environment firstly before examine him and his leadership style. Only by viewing the external environmental situation, followers and industry challenges, one can best determine the leadership behavior. So, looking out before looking in is good principle in leadership. For better leadership the leader should understand his followers and choose good leadership styles and motivational tools.

This means that the leader is the one who comes up with new ideas and moves the rest of the organization into a forward-thinking phase. This person has to constantly keep his eyes on the horizon and develop new strategies and tactics. He needs to be knowledgeable about the latest trends, studies and skill sets.

Manager can perform various managerial functions more effectively by providing proper leadership to his subordinates. This makes leadership an inevitable aspect of management process itself. Leadership is essential for the success and stability of a business enterprise.


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