“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:
|THE MANAGER||THE LEADER|
|Is a copy||Is an original|
|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|
|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.