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Leader Vs Manager, Who are you ?

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“ where manager relies on persuasion, leader relies on inspiration.” 

 

Often what we see,observe or come across terms such as Leaders and Managers. To come to think of it they become hard to describe or usually would find overlapping descriptions. No doubt in both leaders and managers there are overlapping areas, but, there are points of distinction too.  

 

As per my knowledge this is a popular question asked in the interviews for jobs and getting into top MBA colleges. Also, it would be better to know which suits you the best, are you a leader or a manager?

 

Leaders and Managers are both important in their respective fields. There is a grey area where many qualities of a leader match with that of a manager and vice versa.

 

There are people who might be good managers but would not be good leaders. Also there would be good leaders who would not be as good a manager.

 

The article focuses on distinctions between the two. 

Leaders are simply understood as those who will lead the way. You can understand Gandhiji as a leader who essentially had led Indian freedom struggle against Colonialism in India. 

In military this distinction deepens, example, A company commander is leader of company of about 100 men in the battlefield. He is as much as participant in battlefield as any other soldier. He gives order regarding formations, tactics, and other important maneuvers in battlefield. As a manager a company commander manages his company’s civil and military supplies and grievance redressal of his men.

 

Leaders have qualities such as

  • Builds better cohesion among his teammates. Promotes goodwill among team.

  • Motivates and Inspires his team members.

  • Builds good connection with all team members.

  • Trains and teaches.

  • Orients team according to long-term and short-term goals which have to be accomplished.

  • A leader is a visionary, meaning he sees a long-term goal for organisation.

  • Leaders are sometimes people who challenge status quo.

  • They bring creativity and change to an organisation.

  • Leaders focus on bringing positive value to organisation.

  • They bring in both tangible and intangible changes which are good for an organisation. 

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Managers are people who provide efficiency to an organisation. They manage work and provide efficacy in an organisation.

If you watch football you would know Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are elite managers. As said earlier goal is defined and managers promote efficiency like oversight of team performance, trading of players, best combination on field and most importantly winning UEFA champions league or EPL . They usually have authority which helps them override and take decisions at crucial time as and when required.

 

Managers have qualities such as

  • Usually work with authority.

  • Designate duties to members.

  • Monitor performances of team members.

  • Provides directions and advice when required.

  • Are usually those who execute plan and do the work.

  • Draws out a detailed plan with forecasting.

  • Managers are people who implement and produce tangible gains for an organisation.

  • Managers are usually task masters, members are the ones who work under the authority of Manager.

  • A manager is good at time management and effective communicator. 

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Leaders and Manager both have their importance in an organisation. To put it in a laconic way, one outlines and leads to the goal/vision and other does the work required to achieve the goal/vision.

 

Hope it sheds light on the distinction between the two.