What is the difference between a manager and a leader?

What is the difference between a manager and a leader? from Goldfish Consulting

By: Goldfish Consulting  10-09-2015
Keywords: Leadership, management, motivation, inspiring, alignment, budgeting, staffing

Competent leadership has been quoted as the single most important factor that distinguishes those that succeed from those that fail. But then, what is the difference between a leader and a manager or is it the same thing? The following is a brief guideline put together by Leadership guru, John Kotter. Management is responsible for: 1. Planning and budgeting: As a manager it is your responsibility to implement detailed steps, timetables and deadlines to achieve company goals and results. At the same time the necessary resources should be allocated and in place, to make it happen. 2. Organising and staffing As a manager you are responsible for establishing and implementing practical structures to accomplish overall company objectives. The right person for the right position needs to be appointed. A successful manager needs to delegate and motivate team members to achieve company goals. Policies and procedures should be in place to guide individual team members and various methods or systems should be created, to monitor implementation. 3. Controlling and problem-solving As a manager you need to monitor results, identify deviations from the company plan, then planning and organising to solve these problems. A successful manager produces a degree of predictability and order in a company. He/she has the potential to consistently produce the short term results expected by various stakeholders e.g. for customers - always being on time, for stockholders – being on budget. Leadership is responsible for: 1. Establishing direction A great leader develops a vision of the future (often the distant future) and the necessary strategies to produce the changes needed to achieve that vision. 2. Aligning people Successful leaders effectively communicate the vision and direction in words and deeds to all members whose co-operation are needed. Teams and coalitions need to be created and aligned. They have to have a clear understanding of the overall long term company strategies in order to become enthusiastic about achieving the company goals. 3. Motivating and inspiring Great leaders energise and empower team members to overcome major political, bureaucratic and resource barriers by looking after and satisfying basic emotional human needs. A successful leader often produces change to a dramatic degree. He/she has the potential to vastly produce useful changes e.g. new products that customers want and new approaches to labour relations that help make a firm more competitive. The best way to test if a person can lead rather than manage, is to ask him/her to make a positive change. To read more, go to : http://www.goldfish-consulting.co.za/blog/what-difference-between-manager-and-leader

Keywords: Leadership, management, motivation, inspiring, alignment, budgeting, staffing

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