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Steyn Mashabane, South Africa

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.
 

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arwin sushil, India
 

Managers versus Leaders

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

 
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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).

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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WAHBI, Morocco
 

Managers versus Leaders

A leader anticipates change by emotional and rational intellect; however the manager likes to standa... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Manager versus Leader

Managers run a business on a daily basis, while leaders give the business direction, a sense of appr... Sign up

 
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Sripathy K.R, India
 

Leaders versus Managers

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

 
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Pravesh SAWON
Mauritius
 

Managers versus Leaders

I am of opinion that many employees working in an organization possess leadership characteristics ge... Sign up

 
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bala
Manager, India
 

Liked your Point

@Chakradhar: dear sir, I liked your comment. I was in a thought that leaders are better than manager... Sign up

 
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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 li... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 cap... Sign up

 
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Jolanta Sz
Professor, Poland
 

Managers being Leaders is a Romantic View

@David Wilson: Wonderful wishful thinking: -)) - a manager being a leader - always and everywhere. ... Sign up

 
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GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Managers Develop into Leaders

Remember, in business organizations leaders typically start as managers. They move along a leadershi... Sign up

 
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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 wi... Sign up

 
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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 r... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 i... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 diffe... Sign up

 
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GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Leader Versus Managers

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

 
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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 throug... Sign up

 
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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 invisibl... Sign up

 
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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, wh... Sign up

 
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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 des... Sign up

 
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GS RADJOU
CEO, France
 

Managers Build Control....

Yes, you are right ''not all managers are leaders" (some are more than others): - Leadership is a t... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 mome... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 i... Sign up

 
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Amirruddin Baba
Malaysia
 

About the Difference between Leadership and Management

- Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things. - Management is efficien... Sign up

 
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Salma Fazly
Student (University), Sri Lanka
 

Differences Between Leaders and Managers

Here are some short differences between the traditional stereotypes: - Leaders have followers versu... Sign up

 
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JACK COOK
Consultant, United States
 

Leaders & Managers

Additionally to what I posted before (@JACK COOK), - Leaders accrue followers who admire and respec... Sign up

 
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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 manag... Sign up

 
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Hilda Mohlotsane, Botswana
 

Leadership and Management

@Pravesh SAWON: I really agree with you and that means for an organisation to be successful, the man... Sign up

 
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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 guar... Sign up

 
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Ruwan Bandara
Manager, Sri Lanka
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders win followers' minds and hearts. For example Hitler in Germany and Gandhi in India were effe... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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Phanindra Sai A
India
 

10 Differences Between Managers and Leaders

1. Managers have employees. Leaders win followers. 2. Managers react to change. Leaders create chan... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 wh... Sign up

 
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BALAKRISHNA, India
 

Leaders Inspire Managers

Both managers and leaders are important. Managers are in the battle field looking into the present a... Sign up

 
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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 "c... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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hind, Morocco
 

Leader versus Manager

@solomon cabrera: I think it’s totally different. A leader is a model type to follow. It means he pu... Sign up

 
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Karen Iacino
Manager, United States
 

Managers versus Leaders

@Chakradhar: Most managers are leaders. They may not be administration, top leaders but they do lead... Sign up

 
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Romuald Kepa, Poland
 

Recommended Reading

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

 
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Jerome, South Africa
 

Leaders versus Managers

A leader is someone who can work/guide people in a certain direction where the individual feels he/s... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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-ve... Sign up

 
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Jeffrey Hewes, United States
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders inspire, coach and mentor. Managers dictate, control and require authority. Who would you ... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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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.... Sign up

 
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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. E... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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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 appl... Sign up

 
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Jonathan Narducci, United States
 

Managers versus Leaders

@Phanindra Sai A: Good list. But I believe the third one is backwards. Leaders tend to create visio... Sign up

 
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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 dire... Sign up

 
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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 be... Sign up

 
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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 v... Sign up

 
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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. The... Sign up

 
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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 responsibil... Sign up

 
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Ravi Krishnamurthy
Consultant, India
 

Leaders versus Managers

Almost all business leaders raise up from the ranks, whether in the same company or in different com... Sign up

 
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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 the... Sign up

 
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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. S... Sign up

 
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Dr. Chima .S. Ugwulashi
Nigeria
 

Manager and Leader

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

 
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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 t... Sign up

 
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ZELJKO BURCAR
Professor, Croatia
 

Managers versus Leaders

Managers are orientated to do things right and leaders to do the right things. Leaders encourage th... Sign up

 
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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 th... Sign up

 
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Paul Steele
Consultant, Australia
 

Leadership versus Management

@Chakradhar: You need both effective leadership and efficient management to compete in any market to... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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Halima
Lecturer, Nigeria
 

Managing versus Leading

@Paul Steele: you've hit the nail right. It's not competitive but collaborative. Most people learn a... Sign up

 
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Rehmatullah Khan, Pakistan
 

A leader Manages the Managers

Managers just accomplish the task with experience they earned from their seniors and through routine... Sign up

 
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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 administe... Sign up

 
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Ajay kapoor, India
 

Manager versus Leader. LEADER Acronym

What is leadership? Someone who is able to lead people, influence people, command people and guide p... Sign up

 
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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 theor... Sign up

 
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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 awar... Sign up

 
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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 cer... Sign up

 
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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Characteristics of a Manager versus a Leader

Characteristics of a Manager are: Administers the activitiesMaintains the situationsFocuses on syst... Sign up

 
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Jon Littman, United Kingdom
 

The Leadership/Management Dichotomy

I wonder if there is a cultural aspect regarding the difference between leadership and management? ... Sign up

 
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Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Management versus Leadership

Most organizations need manager positions and leader positions and in reality we often see these two... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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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 thin... Sign up

 
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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 ac... Sign up

 
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Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Managers and Leaders

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

 
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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... Sign up

 
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Dr. Chima .S. Ugwulashi
Nigeria
 

Manager and Leader

Managers and/or leaders are important in any organization. They are different capacities that work f... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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ALBAN ONWULIRI, Nigeria
 

Managers versus Leaders

When you mention the word "managers", most people see them as those who are passionate about their w... Sign up

 
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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 emo... Sign up

 
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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, pro... Sign up

 
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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 w... Sign up

 
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Ayele Abdata
Manager, Ethiopia
 

Great Difference Between Managers and Leaders

Managers are made and taught; Leaders are born. Managers drive people; Leaders motivate people. Ma... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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Briolett
Manager, Canada
 

Leaders versus Managers

Leaders can learn to manage, but not all managers have the ability to lead. Leaders provide vision, ... Sign up

 
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Peter Jetter
Coach, Germany
 

Evidence of Leadership with Positive Outcomes

@Bernhard Keim: I would say Ghandi and Martin Luther King demonstrated leadership with positive outc... Sign up

 
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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 ag... Sign up

 
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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 a... Sign up

 
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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... Sign up

 
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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 c... Sign up

 
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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, whic... Sign up

 
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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 bein... Sign up

 
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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 missi... Sign up

 
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JACK COOK
Consultant, United States
 

Managers & Leaders

Thank you, Danford Mapp, for your kind words. And your short list of distinguishing characteristics ... Sign up

 
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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Managing versus Leading

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

 
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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 manag... Sign up

 
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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 ... Sign up

 
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Chandia Peter
Manager, Uganda
 

Managers versus Leaders

Managers 'do things right', because they follow clearly laid out procedures of an organisation. As ... Sign up

 
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K.Narayana Moorthy
HR Consultant, India
 

Managers Versus Leaders

In addition to details already given above - following is further added: Normally managers ask: 'Wh... Sign up

 
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Danford Mapp, Trinidad and Tobago
 

Managers versus Leaders

Team, so many valuable points are being made here and the discussion continues… I wonder sometimes i... Sign up

 
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Francois Laenen
Manager, Syria
 

Leading & Managing

People follow leaders, you can see this by voting. Voters do not know if their leaders are skilled m... Sign up

 
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Fosuaba
CEO, Ghana
 

Differences Between Leaders and Managers

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

 
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Fathazia Lenyatso
Manager, Botswana
 

Manager versus Leader

@Nafisa khatoon: Indeed a manager ensures that work processes are well organized and progress smooth... Sign up

   

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