What is the difference between a leader and a manager? Is this just semantics or is there a legitimate difference between the two?
There are enough images on Google images that I could write this whole post purely based visually. Here are just a few… stay with me here!
There is considerable research into the different ways that leaders and managers interact with others. Ultimately the key difference seems to be that managers ensure that work is done but leaders do just that, lead.
There is a misconception that managers are always a negative thing, this simply isn’t true. There are times when a manager is the right man (or woman) for the job and the organization benefits from having someone who understands this. However, more often than not, a leader is the best woman (or man) for a specific situation.
So what do good leaders do that good managers do not?
- Provide vision
- Encourage meaningful participation
- Create or significantly change things
- Are resourceful, find ways to get things done
- Communicates well
- Motivates and inspires
- Behaves ethically
We reviewed this list in class and came to a conclusion; all managers are leaders but not all leaders are managers. While managers are good and can be effective, a good leader can make a greater difference than a manager.
Also apparently leaders and managers often have facial hair. At least according to Google Images. Go figure…
Does this resonate with you? Do you agree that a good leader is more effective when compared with a manager?