What is the difference between a manager and a leader?
Who can be a Leader – Manager?
Manager cannot be a leader. But, a leader can be a manager. Managerial effectiveness is becoming level – 4 leadership. Leadership is becoming level – 5 leadership and level – 6 leadership is mentoring and coaching. I am not able to see leadership of level – 5 and level – 6 in the regions of SAARC countries.
Even attitude of top management is of level – 3.
Sad but true.
Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says, “Go!” but a leader says, “Let’s go!” – E.M. Kelly.
Usually managers are found occupied in the operational activities. As per the research, HR managers spent nearly 45% of their time behind operational work. What will happen to learning, innovation and new horizons?
Leader is always focusing on result. He/She never deviates from his/her main goal. He/She is excellent in delegation and motivation. He/She is almost a role model for the team member. In fact, he/she is a “FIRE LIGHTER”.
A leader lead by example whether he/she intends to or not. Albert Schweitzer very profoundly said, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
Managers are stuck of in operational and low pay activities. Sometimes it is found that they are very heavily occupied in low cost work and simultaneously this results in the investment of high cost time of organisation. In that case, what will you call leadership? At which level will you find leadership?
Leaders always manage. They never do. When they start doing, they become manager or doer. For what are you paid? Managing or leading?
Leaders always watch their actions. They always review that they are busy in low pay to high pay of activities. What is the ROI (Return on Investment) of your time? Leaders have dog eye on their time management schedule. They never waste time and always make sure that team is spending time on activities of high pay.
John C. Maxwell justify leader by saying: “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.”