12 Differences between Leadership and Management

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,

do more and become more, you are leader.”

John Quincy Adams

In an organization, leadership and management exist at every level of management, however the amount of each varies according to the management hierarchy.

Here are twelve noted differences between leaders and managers:

Administers Innovates
Is a copy Is an original
Maintains Develops
Focuses on systems and structure Focuses on people
Relies on control Inspires trust
Has a short-range view Has a long-range perspective
Asks how and when Asks what and why
Has their eye always on the bottom line Has their eye on the horizon
Imitates Originates
Accepts the status quo Challenges the status quo
Is the classic good soldier Is their own person
Does things right Does the right thing

Adapted from “The Wall Street Journal Guide to Management” by Alan Murray, published by Harper Business.

Do you lead or do you manage?

It is important to know the difference as it relates to career growth. Where are you now versus where you aspire to be.

Okay now go … go learn things.


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