The Manager vs The Leader?

It’s safe to say that there is a difference between the two aforementioned positions, both sound alike but tend to have different effects on how things run and the outcome of particular situations. They are surely connected and compliment each other. It’s crucial to understand ways in which to be a charismatic leader creating enthusiasm and inspiring each individual to do their best whilst being able to manage through being a shining example and setting in stone the expectations of each individual. The trick is finding that balance and having it fit in with the kind of work that you are involved with.

There has been years of debate and research into the differentiation of each of these roles, comparing and contrasting each role and creating a division in the understanding of whether you are a leader or a manager. However it’s not that cut and dry, each person in a senior position is responsible for managing the team, leading them in the right path for the greater good of the whole team. This can be done in a variety of ways which also compliments management as well as being an inspirational leader.

In this new economy it is a valuable asset to know people and how they work. A manager is in many ways a leader, we turn to them to define purpose, develop and nurture skills as well as maximising efficiency by placing individuals in roles that best suit their skill set.

Peter Drucker, a renowned management consultant, referred to the rise of “the knowledge worker” as a reason for there being a shift to this mixing of the two understandings. He argued that “one does not ‘manage’ people, the task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.” This explains that a leader is skillful in understanding how people work and managing to bring the best out of each individual for the greater good and growth of the collective.

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