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Managers versus Leaders

Not all managers are good leaders and not all leaders are good managers. We need to develop both managers and leaders to realize the vision and mission of the company.

  arwin sushil, India
 

Managers versus Leaders

Managers love to follow details while leaders point towards the right broad direction.

  solomon cabrera
Management Consultant, Philippines
 

Not All Managers are Good Leaders and not All Leaders are Good Managers

It is real true that not all leaders are good managers. As leader you lead (pull) people. Managers focus more on performance. Managers can also perform as leaders but they rely more on authority (push).

  Narendra C.Sawant
Project Manager, India
 

Difference between Leaders and Managers

Leaders believe in empowerment versus manangers follow delegation.
Good leaders can be judged on the number of people they have developed.

  chakradhar
Manager, India
 

Managers more Important than Leader

I think managers are the backbone of the organization.
Because at the end execution is most important. Leaders just make a decision out of various alternatives. I don't know why people admire leaders, just for choosing 1 decision. And even they themselves don't know wether the decision is correct or not.
An organization needs good managers rather than a leader for success.

  WAHBI, Morocco
 

Managers versus Leaders

A leader anticipates change by emotional and rational intellect; however the manager likes to standardize things to ensu...

  nafisa khatoon
India
 

How Managers are Unlike Leaders

Leaders are the ones who create vision, mission and set directions of an organisation, they also act as a role model wit...

  GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Manager versus Leader

Managers run a business on a daily basis, while leaders give the business direction, a sense of appropriateness, and set...

  Sripathy K.R, India
 

Leaders versus Managers

The reactions are acceptable and good. All managers are not necessarily leaders, but all leaders can be managers. Leade...

  Pravesh SAWON
Mauritius
 

Managers versus Leaders

I am of opinion that many employees working in an organization possess leadership characteristics germinated in them thr...

  bala
Manager, India
 

Liked your Point

@Chakradhar: dear sir, I liked your comment. I was in a thought that leaders are better than managers. Now I am convince...

  Amar Deep Seetohul
Manager, Mauritius
 

Leadership is the Ambition of Managers

I believe that the manager having leadership qualities is what should be the ideal but we are not living in an ideal wor...

  JACK COOK
Consultant, United States
 

Leaders and Managers have Different Authority Bases

The debate/dialog on the differences between and/or the correlation of leadership to management has been ongoing for at ...

  Jolanta Sz
Professor, Poland
 

Managers versus Leaders - Formal and Informal Authority Bases

@Jack Cook: Yes, the dispute about this topic is almost eternal. You've pinpointed the main and most important differenc...

  David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

The Current Environment Needs Leaders - Managers

Is there a difference? Should there be a difference? Do leaders manage and managers lead? Is the captain of a ship a man...

  Jolanta Sz
Professor, Poland
 

Managers being Leaders is a Romantic View

@David Wilson: Wonderful wishful thinking: -)) - a manager being a leader - always and everywhere. I wish it could be t...

  GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Managers Develop into Leaders

Remember, in business organizations leaders typically start as managers. They move along a leadership pipeline. As they...

  claudio pizzi
Business Consultant, Argentina
 

Leaders are Politally Incorrect Persons

Dear all, all comments are very interesting. We have a big problem when we wish to link a manager with a leader. Of cou...

  David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

Are the Standards for a Manager-leader Too Low?

Organizations need managers who are leaders, and leaders who are managers. Anything less than this results in a less tha...

  claudio pizzi
Business Consultant, Argentina
 

A Leader is a Nexus

Great points of view. Please, let me introduce a concept. I think a leader is the nexus between the organization and it...

  Phanindra Sai A
India
 

What Managers and Leaders Have in Common

A leader and a manager share many similarities. For example both leaders and managers are involved in decision-making, i...

  Dali Horeshka
Business Consultant, Albania
 

Commonalities of Managers and Leaders

Managers look after the tactics to achieve objectives. Leaders look after the strategies to achieve objectives. They a...

  claudio pizzi
Business Consultant, Argentina
 

Required Dose of Charisma for Managers and Leaders

Charisma is generally defined as a natural ability to seduce and attract people. As people are different, this feature m...

  GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Leader Versus Managers

@David Wilson: I agree fully with you regarding the absence of clear cuts between these 2 functions. Managers manage an...

  claudio pizzi
Business Consultant, Argentina
 

Intangible Benefits Of the Leader

Thanks all for your excellent inputs so far. I think managers are committed by efficiency and through this point by prod...

  GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

How to Measure Leadership?

Maybe you could count the number of followers, also the job of leaders is to render what is invisible into visible - per...

  Dali Horeshka
Business Consultant, Albania
 

The Dose of Charisma Embodied to Leader and Managers

@Claudio Pizzi : Determination of the dose of charisma is a very complex issue. In my perception, what determines the do...

  Mends Wiafe
CEO, Ghana
 

Managers Build Control, Leaders Build Esprit de Corps

Not all managers are leaders. Managers who are not a leader build and rely on control. Soon they destroy the esprit de c...

  GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Managers Build Control....

Yes, you are right ''not all managers are leaders" (some are more than others): - Leadership is a trust act or result o...

  Osama Kamal
Management Consultant, Egypt
 

Mix of Managers and Leaders Needed

Leaders know what to do strategically and urge people to reach it. Managers know how to do it, and are procedure- and p...

  Nowbuth Satyavan Anuj Kumar, Mauritius
 

The Roles of Managers and Leaders

Managers are the backbone of any organisation, while the binding element in the backbone remains the spinal cord - the l...

  GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Leaders Do the Right Thing, Managers Do Things Right

@Nowbuth Satyavan Anuj Kumar: I like your comment. Remember also that managing is about doing things right, while leader...

  Nowbuth Satyavan Anuj Kumar, Mauritius
 

The Manager Leader — A New Paradigm

The degree of authenticity determines the life of he organism which the backbones supports. The moment the manager start...

  claudio pizzi
Business Consultant, Argentina
 

Leaders Don't Necessarily Follow the Rules

A manager is a person that knows what is the limit between the rules of the company and the rules of the team. There are...

  Julius B. Bertillo
Professor, Bahrain
 

Difference Between Leaders and Managers

@Narendra C. Sawant: Leaders are the ones who lead by example over others and are most influential in an organization. ...

  Amirruddin Baba
Malaysia
 

About the Difference between Leadership and Management

- Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things. - Management is efficiency in climbing the l...

  Salma Fazly
Student (University), Sri Lanka
 

Differences Between Leaders and Managers

Here are some short differences between the traditional stereotypes: - Leaders have followers versus managers have subo...

  JACK COOK
Consultant, United States
 

Leaders & Managers

Additionally to what I posted before (@JACK COOK), - Leaders accrue followers who admire and respect the person. Manage...

  Alan Kennedy, Canada
 

We Need to Focus on Training Better Leaders and Managers

@David Wilson: I agree with your position that arguing the differences between a leader and a manager is probably not t...

  Hilda Mohlotsane, Botswana
 

Leadership and Management

@Pravesh SAWON: I really agree with you and that means for an organisation to be successful, the manager should be able ...

  JACK COOK
Consultant, United States
 

Leadership & Managers

@Alan Kennedy: I agree every manager by definition is a leader and indeed that belief in no way guarantees that a manage...

  Ruwan Bandara
Manager, Sri Lanka
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders win followers' minds and hearts. For example Hitler in Germany and Gandhi in India were effective leaders who bo...

  Jolanta Sz
Professor, Poland
 

Leaders Not Always Very Useful

@Chakradhar: Of course, you're right. The backbone of the organization are its managers. Leaders can be useful although ...

  Phanindra Sai A
India
 

10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders

1. Managers have employees. Leaders win followers. 2. Managers react to change. Leaders create change. 3. Managers hav...

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Managers and Leaders Need Different Skill Sets. Some People Have them Both.

There is clearly managerial work and there is clearly leadership work, they have a different purpose. You can find posit...

  Cuniah Shikshah
ICT Consultant, Mauritius
 

Manager versus Leader

A manager is the one who caters for the proper running of the business and a leader is the person who drives the personn...

  BALAKRISHNA, India
 

Leaders Inspire Managers

Both managers and leaders are important. Managers are in the battle field looking into the present and are inspired by l...

  Warenburg, Netherlands
 

The Different Drives of Managers and Leaders

My opinion is that most "managers" operate by ego and chase their own success and career. It is a "created" situation". ...

  Pierre Lesage
Student (University), Canada
 

Leader and Manager

The leader is Noah who asked to bring a pair of every animal species in his ark. The manager is Noah asking to ensure th...

  hind, Morocco
 

Leader versus Manager

@solomon cabrera: I think it’s totally different. A leader is a model type to follow. It means he pushes followers by gi...

  Karen Iacino
Manager, United States
 

Managers versus Leaders

@Chakradhar: Most managers are leaders. They may not be administration, top leaders but they do lead their coworkers and...

  Romuald Kepa, Poland
 

Recommended Reading

Please read: What Leaders Really Do - J P Kotter, HBR, Dec 2001....

  Jerome, South Africa
 

Leaders versus Managers

A leader is someone who can work/guide people in a certain direction where the individual feels he/she wants to go. They...

  Jorge Avila, Mexico
 

A Man Gotta Do, what a man Gotta Do

If a team has plenty of talented people, it needs a leader who sets the target, and makes them focus on the goal; some m...

  Philip Laurette
United States
 

You Manage Things and Lead People

These are not mutually exclusive categories or disciplines. Managers can also be leaders and vice-versa. Some people are...

  Jeffrey Hewes, United States
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders inspire, coach and mentor. Managers dictate, control and require authority. Who would you rather work for? If...

  Danford Mapp, Trinidad and Tobago
 

Aspects of Management versus Leadership

All leaders are managers i.e. they have to manage people and situations if they are to be effective leaders. Not all man...

  Muttu
Entrepreneur, India
 

Vision of Manager and Leader

The manager's vision is limited to the short term, whereas the leader has a long-term vision....

  JUAN AGRAZ
CEO, Mexico
 

Management versus Leadership Roles

The leader finds the way and makes it happen. Meanwhile the manager takes control on what happens. Everyone has their ow...

  Bernhard Keim
Business Consultant, Germany
 

The Difference is not Between a Manager and a Leader

I regard the discussion whether a leader is superior to a manager as pretty useless. There are good and bad managers, an...

  Peter Jetter
Coach, Germany
 

Leadership and Management, Overlapping Aspects/perspectives

To me, management is based on the assumption, that desired outcomes can be reliably achieved by applying white box appro...

  Jonathan Narducci, United States
 

Managers versus Leaders

@Phanindra Sai A: Good list. But I believe the third one is backwards. Leaders tend to create visions through ideas of ...

  gadifele veronica molefe, Botswana
 

Why Leaders Need to be Managers as Well

@David Wilson: I do agree that managers should also be leaders. When a leader devises strategic directions like the miss...

  Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

Fayol's Principles Were Created to Improve Management by Leaders

Managers believe there is a difference between leaders and managers and leaders believe they must become better managers...

  Halima
Lecturer, Nigeria
 

Leaders Must Have Good Management Skills

I agree an essential part of the traits of a good leader is to have excellent managerial skills as vision can only see y...

  Ramji Sharma, PhD
Professor, Nepal
 

Leaders are to Dream and Managers are to Wake Them up out of their Dream

Leaders are to dream; and managers are to wake them up out of their dream, making things happen. Therefore, an organizat...

  Friday O. Ngbodi
Student (MBA), Nigeria
 

Leaders are Vision Molders, Managers are Executors

Leaders are organization's vision molders while managers play the role of executors. The responsibility of reporting fin...

  Ravi Krishnamurthy
Consultant, India
 

Leaders versus Managers

Almost all business leaders raise up from the ranks, whether in the same company or in different companies. At junior le...

  Mayta Braun
Business Consultant, Netherlands
 

Leaders, Managers and Bosses

Leaders and managers are not in the same league. Because you lead people and manage things. And then you have different...

  LAKSHMAN PURIHELLA
Accountant, Saudi Arabia
 

LEADERS are Followed; MANAGERS are Obeyed

A LEADER is one who knows the job and can mentor the subordinate when he/she is on the wrong side. So subordinates follo...

  Dr. Chima .S. Ugwulashi
Nigeria
 

Manager and Leader

A manager is a generalist while a leader is typically a specific goal achiever....

  Livy Makhubedu, South Africa
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders choose the path, while managers determine the number and the type of steps that need to be taken to travel the p...

  ZELJKO BURCAR
Professor, Croatia
 

Managers versus Leaders

Managers are orientated to do things right and leaders to do the right things. Leaders encourage the hart and soul of t...

  jorge anibal hoyos hoyos
Manager, Colombia
 

To Become a Good Manager You Must Be the Best Leader

I wonder why do you rule out the manager's inner-self-leadership as the most important point into their profile to reach...

  Paul Steele
Consultant, Australia
 

Leadership versus Management

@Chakradhar: You need both effective leadership and efficient management to compete in any market today. It should not ...

  Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

Supervisor as Front Line Leader

@Paul Steele: I agree with your comment. And, in those industries where supervisors have designated roles, those supervi...

  Halima
Lecturer, Nigeria
 

Managing versus Leading

@Paul Steele: you've hit the nail right. It's not competitive but collaborative. Most people learn and incorporate both ...

  Rehmatullah Khan, Pakistan
 

A leader Manages the Managers

Managers just accomplish the task with experience they earned from their seniors and through routine work whereas leader...

  Kiron Rao
General Manager, India
 

Warren Bennis on the Manager versus the Leader

There is a good summary provided by Warren Bennis in "On becoming a Manager" 1. A manager administers, a leader innovat...

  Ajay kapoor, India
 

Manager versus Leader. LEADER Acronym

What is leadership? Someone who is able to lead people, influence people, command people and guide people. There are tw...

  Bernhard Keim
Business Consultant, Germany
 

The Great Leader - a Warning

After I have read the various contributions I just have to repeat my warning. The Great Leader theory is an illusion and...

  Joseph
Consultant, Zambia
 

People don't Need to be Managed but Like to be Led

We manage things that have no feelings. People have feelings and hence as leaders we need to be aware of this as it can ...

  Titus Muzvuwe, Zimbabwe
 

Leaders are not Managers But Managers Can also Be Leaders

Managers use decree and boast of power given to them by the company whereas leaders emerge for a certain reason. Leader...

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Characteristics of a Manager versus a Leader

Characteristics of a Manager are: Administers the activitiesMaintains the situationsFocuses on systems and structuresRe...

  Jon Littman, United Kingdom
 

The Leadership/Management Dichotomy

I wonder if there is a cultural aspect regarding the difference between leadership and management? In my point of view ...

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Management versus Leadership

Most organizations need manager positions and leader positions and in reality we often see these two different roles wit...

  Pierre Lesage
Student (University), Canada
 

Manager is a job. Leader is a State of Mind

Manager is a job title. Leader is a state of mind (for him and for the others). So, a Chairman of the Board can be a m...

  Masocha Michael
Student (University), Zimbabwe
 

Leadership is not Linked to an Organisational Position

Leadership is not necessarily related or linked to any organizational position. Leaders tend to think without a box fram...

  ANTONIO BARRANCO RUIZ
Director, Spain
 

Leadership and Management

We manage with the mind and we lead by heart. We need managers who lead. A management position is achieved through study...

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Managers and Leaders

@Pravesh SAWON: Organizations need both managers and leaders. A manager's work has value, and a leader's work has value....

  ANTONIO BARRANCO RUIZ
Director, Spain
 

We Need Managers With Leadership Skills

We need managers who lead. Both functions are necessary in the organizations. If we help managers to develop and increas...

  Dr. Chima .S. Ugwulashi
Nigeria
 

Manager and Leader

Managers and/or leaders are important in any organization. They are different capacities that work for the sustenance of...

  Titus Muzvuwe, Zimbabwe
 

Leaders Have Better People Management Skills Than Managers

Even if leaders have better people management skills than managers. I still think managers at times overdo it, they over...

  ANTONIO BARRANCO RUIZ
Director, Spain
 

Managers Being Leaders is Not a Romantic View

@ Jolanta Sz: In my opinion, that is too sharp and deterministic, too emphatic. People are more than that. I think expre...

  ALBAN ONWULIRI, Nigeria
 

Managers versus Leaders

When you mention the word "managers", most people see them as those who are passionate about their work and are task/res...

  Jon Littman, United Kingdom
 

False Dichotomy

I think I am with Antonio on this one. I very much like the idea that leadership is visceral and emotive; if you cannot ...

  jorge anibal hoyos hoyos
Manager, Colombia
 

The Right Manager

All of the points brought forward by the participants at this forum, duly interwoven, in action, produces the right, the...

  Friday O. Ngbodi
Student (MBA), Nigeria
 

Leaders and Time of Achievement

The discussion is tilting toward morality of leadership which is dangerous. A leader is as good as what he achieved in t...

  Ayele Abdata
Manager, Ethiopia
 

Great Difference Between Managers and Leaders

Managers are made and taught; Leaders are born. Managers drive people; Leaders motivate people. Managers love and work...

  Paul Steele
Consultant, Australia
 

Effective Leadership Requires Efficient Management

@Ayele Abdata: Leaders are far from being born, they are developed through their environment and how their temperament s...

  ZELJKO BURCAR
Professor, Croatia
 

Managers versus Leaders

I agree with Bennis. But I would like to add that leaders develop followers as well. And leadership without followers c...

  Briolett
Manager, Canada
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders can learn to manage, but not all managers have the ability to lead. Leaders provide vision, explore new possibil...

  Peter Jetter
Coach, Germany
 

Evidence of Leadership with Positive Outcomes

@Bernhard Keim: I would say Ghandi and Martin Luther King demonstrated leadership with positive outcomes (good/bad judge...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

What we Mean by 'Manager' Has Changed!

Thanks all for your many and excellent contributions to this important subject! @Peter Jetter: I agree with you except ...

  Peter Jetter
Coach, Germany
 

Management Prefers White Box Approaches, Leadership Values Black Box Control

Another aspect is how you achieve desired outcomes. Management uses white box methods, because it assumes a sufficient ...

  Bernhard Keim
Business Consultant, Germany
 

How Leaders and Managers Handle Uncertainty

@Peter Jetter is mentioning an important point. Managing the daily routines successfully provides an apparent security t...

  Ayele Abdata
Manager, Ethiopia
 

Leaders are Raw Materials of Themselves

@Paul Steele has thrown some light on my understanding and insight of leadership. Some leaders are created to lead. Exam...

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Principles Of Management - A Leader

I agree to disagree with Ayela Abdata. A LEADER is involved in the process of social influence, which maximizes the effo...

  Danford Mapp, Trinidad and Tobago
 

Managers versus Leaders

@JACK COOK: I appreciate your comments Jack and I think that the issue of what kind of power is being used is indeed the...

  Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico
 

A Leader PULLS, a Manager PUSHES

@Danford Mapp: Consider also these 2 key words: A Manager PUSHES: moves the organization to a mission defined by him me...

  JACK COOK
Consultant, United States
 

Managers & Leaders

Thank you, Danford Mapp, for your kind words. And your short list of distinguishing characteristics of managers & leader...

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Managing versus Leading

In my view, the differences between managing & leading are as follows: - Managing is function while Leading is relation...

  Mends Wiafe
CEO, Ghana
 

David Wilson's Comment in Managers and Leaders

@David Wilson: It is very difficult to find people who are considered manager-leader or leader manager these days. Proba...

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Combinations of Manager and Leader Skills

In many ways I agree with @David Wilson that plenty of candidates are good at both. Overall I would summarize as follows...

  Chandia Peter
Manager, Uganda
 

Managers versus Leaders

Managers 'do things right', because they follow clearly laid out procedures of an organisation. As opposed to Leaders w...

  K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Managers Versus Leaders

In addition to details already given above - following is further added: Normally managers ask: 'What Problem has to be...

  Danford Mapp, Trinidad and Tobago
 

Managers versus Leaders

Team, so many valuable points are being made here and the discussion continues… I wonder sometimes if we are not over-th...

  Francois Laenen
Manager, Syria
 

Leading & Managing

People follow leaders, you can see this by voting. Voters do not know if their leaders are skilled managers, they just f...

  Fosuaba
CEO, Ghana
 

Differences Between Leaders and Managers

Leadership can be distinguished from managership as they are motivated by or at least observed with different behavioral...

  Fathazia Lenyatso
Manager, Botswana
 

Manager versus Leader

@Nafisa khatoon: Indeed a manager ensures that work processes are well organized and progress smoothly. He maintains the...

 

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