4 Differences between Leaders & Managers
As previously mentioned, Management is a function of business, meanwhile Leadership is a role within the hierarchy of the organizational structure which provides inspiration, influence and communications.
Let's look at 4 areas that are extremely critical to any group, business, organization, cause, etc.
Managers count value. Managers count hours, count productivity, and the steps taken to ensure productivity is on pace -- that's what some call, "Internal Controls."
Leaders create value. Leaders create value through (1) leading by example and (2) leading by enabling people -- those are the hallmarks of action-based leadership aka Servant Leadership.
Managers have subordinates. Managers are creating subordinates by providing rules not guidelines. Rules create checklists, guidelines produce results. Take for example, a manager on a power trip instills a set of rules. Subordinate creates a checklist or "To-do" list and runs through said checklist within the confines of their scheduled work hours. Checklist, complete - good. Checklist, incomplete - reprimanded.
Leaders have followers. Leaders are creating followers by providing guidelines. Guidelines provide you with a framework for completion -- allowing for flexibility, ownership, and creativity.
So, how does influence come to play. Look who you go to for advice, as well as look who comes to you for advice. Again, leaders create followers and followers need guidance while subordinates need clarification to complete the checklist.
3. LEADING or MANAGING
Management consists of controlling a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal. Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success There is a very simple test to determine what you're doing. What weighs the heaviest of your daily workload?
Managing People ---- Managing Work ---- Leading People
You can manage people, you can manage their work (micromanagement), and you can lead people to do two things (1) complete their own work and (2) manage their own workload. There is a huge difference between all 3 forms.
4. INFLUENCE or MANIPULATE
There is a unique understanding of leadership versus management. You can look at the leadership or management of your organization and if you're in a leadership or management capacity -- look at your own style.
Managers manipulate. Let me explain. Managers manipulate you to perform by setting disciplinary rules that coincide with your performance. If you do not comply with these rules you are subject to disciplinary actions.
Leaders influence. Leaders don't need rules, rather they provide guidelines and objectives that support results.
Are you influencing your employees to achieve the objectives that support the mission and overall goal of your organization?
I have a theory, your style (management or leader) produces 2 different types of employees.
Are you a Leader or Manager?
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Curtis DeCora is the Chief Executive Officer with Optimize Business Solutions and also a Senior Account Executive with Integra Business. The experience and expertise is backed by 8 years of B2B sales, starting 44 small businesses, and helping clients save an average of $9,381/year.