If you’re interested in furthering your career in management, then it is important to know that there is a distinctive difference between managers and “leaders”. Too often we use these words interchangeably, but in my opinion they are vastly different. I guarantee this quick and easy 20 point list will change your understanding of what the differences are between a manager and a leader:
1. The manager administers; the leader innovates.
2. The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.
3. The manager maintains; the leader develops.
4. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
5. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
6. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
7. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
8. The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.
9. The manager imitates; the leader originates.
10. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
11. The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
12. The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
13. The manager plans and budgets; the leader creates vision and strategy [direction].
14. The manager is generally directing and controlling; the leader allows room for others to grow, and change him/her in the process [alignment].
15. The manager creates boundaries; the leader reduces them [alignment].
16. The manager’s relationship with people is based on position power; the leader’s relationship and influence is based on personal power from respect [relationships].
17. The manager acts as boss; the leader acts as coach, facilitator, and servant [relationships].
18. The manager exhibits and focuses on (a) emotional distance, (b) expert mind, (c) talking, (d) conformity, and (e) insight into organization; the leader exhibits and focuses on (a) emotional connectedness, (b) open mind, (c) listening, (d) nonconformity, and (e) insight into self [personal qualities].
19. The manager maintains stability; the leader creates change (outcome).
20. The manager creates a culture of efficiency; the leader creates a culture of trust and integrity.
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