Manager and Leader - What's the difference?

In today’s business world, most of us have superiors. Some have bosses that are great leaders and understand people, while others are used to supervisors who only concentrate on finances and don’t care at all. I’m aware that a team leader and a chief operating officer have different tasks to fulfill , but the character of a person reflects which position suits him better. What about you? Are you a manager or a leader?

The manager


When one speaks about management, most of the time the conversation is about very high positions in respective firms and companies. Those high positions request different skills than the positions as a leader. Great managers are meant to maintain and make sure the leaders develop the services of the company. The perfect example are managers of engineering companies. You will laugh if I told you that some don’t even know how to change a bulb. Well, I might be exaggerating but I think most readers should understand the message.

I’m not trying to speak bad about this eminently respectable position. My example is meant to show that entrepreneurs can establish something big without understanding every bit of it. The latest example was Steve jobs. To sum up their qualities, these are the things managers do:

  • They focus on structures and systems
  • They conduct
  • They ask when and why
  • they calculate the risk & make decisions
  • They think economical

The leader

write-593333_1920In my opinion, the ideal leader needs to have a lot of experience in his profession to be the perfect person for the job. These individuals do paperwork like managers, but their main focus is to exercise the company’s services in the best way as possible. They should concentrate on people and doing their job within the amount of time agreed on.While the manager states which job he wants to be done, the leader finds a way to execute the task. Leaders require following skills:

  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Communication
  • Honesty
  • Vision

The biggest problem with today’s society is that people compare too much. Organisation charts tend to make people see managers as gods while leaders get ignored. This lack of respect leads to making those who are ideal for positions as leaders strive to reach the post of a manager. Nowadays it doesn’t really matter anymore, people don’t really pay attention if the position really suits them. Everyone wants to be the best. However remember that too many cooks spoil the broth.

A leader is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here’s where we are going to go, here’s why we need to go there, and here’s how we are going to get there. A manager is the one who actually gets up under the hood and tunes the carburetor. – Mike Huckabee

Selby Webb

Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField

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