Recently, lots of discussions have arisen in regards to what is the right quality organizations need to be successful, leadership or management? How would you want your key persons to be? To answer that let us first check on the difference between a leader and a manager through analyzing the traits of each category.
In essence, a manager is someone who oversees the process of work to ensure it is done in the right way. S/he usually administrates staff, maintains rules and regulations, focuses on the process of work, and gets things done within a certain time table.
Leaders on the other hand are those who possess a charismatic personality. They tend to focus and invest in people around them in order to achieve the organization goals. They usually seek achievements rather than objectives. They possess excellent communication skills with people around them and tend to take full responsibility of their actions. They tend to blame themselves before blaming others if they fail at a certain task. (for more info on boosting leadership for employees, check out our article Boost employees leadership)
As illustrated above, managers are work focused by nature and tend to achieve their objectives by managing their subordinates. They tend to seek comfort at work by doing things right. Contrary to managers, leaders have a charismatic style which influences their surroundings, they are people focused by nature, and seek risk by trying to obtain their achievements and seeking their vision.
So in essence, managers are those who do things right, while leaders are those who do the right things. So what is it going to be, leadership or management to be successful? I leave the “obvious” answer to you!
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