Leader Vs Manager

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Sep2016 27

Blog Post: Leader Vs Manager

We’ve all heard the debate that a manager and a leader are two completely different things, but what do we think?

Leadership and management, although they are not the same thing, they do go hand in hand, however Warren Bennis composed a list of differences that we agree with:

  • The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  • The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  • The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
  • The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
  • The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

Leadership focuses on achieving new goals, keeping the team motivated and empowered to achieve as much as they can together whereas a manager will maintain the status quo by managing their team and directing or controlling how the colleagues will achieve the goals for their business.

Leaders will always have much more interaction with the project or their team of people, they will try their best to inspire and motivate the people they work with in order to build relationships and get the job done to the best way possible, a leader is someone you want to follow and do well for.

Management consists of controlling a group of people to accomplish a goal, leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate and enable people to contribute towards the success of an organisation.

Of course we’re not saying that being a manger is a bad thing, everyone has to start of somewhere and leadership isn’t something you can just pick up on on the first day of work, it takes practice as well as failure to create a good leader, however what we are saying is that everyone should aspire to be a good leader and do the best for the business they work in.

  • Now that we’ve figured out the difference between a manager and a leader, here are a few traits of a good leader:yfs-blog
  • It is extremely important that a leader is trustworthy to lead a group of people, they need to be honesty and accept the responsibility for their team.
  • A successful leader is always enthusiastic about their work and their role as a leader this is because people tend to respond more openly to a person who has passion and dedication for what they are doing. A leader should inspire other people to be the best they can be and motivate them to do better
  • A good leader is confident, they need to be confident in order to lead and set direction. They should inspire the team show confidence in one another and draw out the trust and best efforts of the team.
  • Not only do they need to show confidence but they need to be able to be tolerant of ambiguity and stay as calm and composed whenever a conflict arises. As with any team of people, emotions and issues are going to happen regularly but a good leader will take this as part of the journey and will respond to them professionally.

There are so many traits that will make a good leader but we’ve only listed a few of ones we believe are most important.

This is the perfect time to mention our ‘Art of Leadership’ training day that is happening on Tuesday 25th October, we have just 12 places available and are currently offering an early bird price of £125pp, so if this is something you’re interested in then please visit our page – http://www.yourfuturesolutions.org.uk/art-of-leadership/