7 Big Differences between a Leader and a Manager

7 Big Differences between a Leader and a Manager

(This is a short write up based on my book in progress with the same title)

The title of “Leader” and “Manager” should coexist. There should be no difference. But too often, a manager lacks basic leadership skills, which prevents him or her from being efficient and effective. This means that motivation in the workplace diminishes. There is so much potential to create motivation in the workplace if an ineffective manager learns basic leadership skills!

After working for 11 1/2 years in the corporate world as a Financial Analyst, my experiences revealed several people in ‘high-places’ who lacked the skills of management and/or leadership. I am not alone – so often a lower level employee will recognize these ineffective managers and leaders and will point out their weaknesses. Why can’t a person in a management role do the same? That’s a difference right there – a leader will want to know, a manager thinks they know everything.

To be an effective manager in order to improve motivation in the workplace, you should be able to influence and persuade: these are core leadership skills taught by all the leadership and self-improvement gurus like John C. Maxwell, Jim Rohn, Dale Carnagie, Napolean Hill, Ken Blanchard, etc. These skills/techniques are the core responsibility for anyone who is in a leadership/management role. Unfortunately, it is not that important for ‘those’ people to recognize and improve their skills.

The question then should be: What are the differences between an effective leader/manager versus an ineffective leader/manager – as both a leader and a manger should be one in the same.

Here are the 7 Big Differences between a Great Leader and a Mediocre Manager based on 7 core responsibilities:

1. Problem solving
A great leader gets their employee out of the mess.
A mediocre manager keeps them in the mud.

2. Listening
A great leader is interested when their employee speaks.
A mediocre manager likes to listen to him or herself talk.

3. Praising
A great leader praises with honest appreciation.
A mediocre manager always calls attention to mistakes.

4. Recognizing
A great leader looks to always give recognition.
A mediocre manager looks to always get recognition.

5. Accepting
A great leader takes the blame and lets the employee shine.
A mediocre manager blames the employee and always takes the credit.

6. Serving
A great leader helps other people.
A mediocre manager is self-serving.

7. Teaching
A great leader wants to create more leaders.
A mediocre manager wants to squash ambition.

The question is: Which one are you? Are you in a position of leadership but lack leadership skills? Are you a manager who is ineffective as an ‘influencer’ or are you a self-educated, motivated, person of influence who serves instead of demands?

These differences will determine whether or not you are one or the other. Your career growth depends on it. Career oriented individuals should seek leadership skills and should practice them daily!

Leadership and management should go hand-in-hand but too often this is not the case. The comparison between leaders and managers are not about the differences, but whether a manager is an effective leader or not. The ultimate goal of a manager is to be an effective leader. Which one are you?

Read my original article here: “Differences between a leader and a manager” by Glenn Magas

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About the author: Glenn Magas is an Achievement Specialist.

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