Thursday, June 22, 2006

Manager v/s Leader

What is the difference between a manager and a leader?

There are several ways to look at this and come up with several distinction.

Some interesting distinctions are worth taking a look.

"Leader do right things. Managers do things right."

"Leaders are effective. Managers are efficient."

"Leaders are strategic. Managers are tactical."

"Managerial success means being able to climb to top of the ladder as quickly, as safely and as efficienlyt as possible. Leadership success means making sure that the ladder is leaning against the right wall."

Are managers and leaders mutually exclusive? IMO, all leaders have to be at least somewhat good managers if they want to be successful leaders. Managers having leadership qualities do well. But, we all have seen many efficient and successful managers who had absolutely no leadership qualities. You would not follow them at all let alone following with full faith.

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