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This Difference Being a Leader and Being a Manager


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What does it take to be a leader? What does it take to be a manager? Is there a difference between the two? What makes a someone a leader over a manager? Ryan Bisanz discusses the difference between being a leader and a manager.

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This Difference Being a Leader and Being a Manager

  2. 2. Leaders and Managers are always interchangeable but in essence, they are not the same.The two are often linked and go hand in hand but they are not necessarily the same. A manager can be seen as someone who is the head of a group of people while a leader is seen as someone who is not only the head of a group of people, but also inspires and develops this group of people. Not all managers are leaders and not all leaders are managers. A managers job is to plan, organize, and coordinate, while a leader’s job is to inspire and motivate.
  3. 3. Manager: Administers Leader: Innovates Manager: Maintains Leader: Develops
  4. 4. Manager: Main focus is structure and systems Leader: Main focus is the individuals they lead ! Manager: Looks at the immediate task at hand Leader: Looks at the long term results ! Manager: Relies on control Leader: Inspires trust
  5. 5. Manager: Imitates ! Leader: Originates ! Manager: Does things right ! Leader: Does the right things ! Manager: Is a copy ! Leader: Is an original
  6. 6. In this time of economic uncertainty, when it comes to corporate America, you are seeing more managers than leaders. People are more in line to follow the rules in order to ensure job security than to use creative license to make changes. Managers are there to ensure that the integrity and focus of the company is met and that things run smoothly. That said, on the other end of the spectrum, there are a lot of “leaders” rising. Many people are looking to start their own businesses in an attempt to do what they feel is right and to inspire.