Thursday, September 17, 2015

Are You a Leader or a Manager? Part 2

Leaders VS Managers

Part 2: Characteristics

In my previous post, we looked at the different communication styles between a manager and a leader. What are the characteristics of each type of person that would lead people to communicate and supervise using such different styles and approaches? Take a moment to review the very unique differences that separate a
manager from a leader:

Leadership means "the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members."
Management comprises directing and controlling a group of one or more people or entities for the purpose of coordinating and harmonizing that group towards accomplishing a goal.
Personality Styles
Are often called brilliant and mercurial, with great charisma. Yet, they are also often seen as loners and private people. They are comfortable taking risks, sometimes seemingly wild and crazy risks. Almost all leaders have high levels of imagination
Tend to be rational, under control problem solvers. They often focus on goals, structures, personnel, and availability of resources. Managers’ personalities lean toward persistence, strong will, analysis, and intelligence.
Leading people
Managing work
Approach to tasks
Simply look at problems and devise new, creative solutions. Using their charisma and commitment, they excite, motivate, and focus others to solve problems and excel.
Create strategies, policies, and methods to create teams and ideas that combine to operate smoothly. They empower people by soliciting their views, values, and principles. They believe that this combination reduces inherent risk and generates success
Approach to risk
Role in decision-making
Transformational, Consultative & Participative
Dictatorial, Authoritative,Transactional, Autocratic, Consultative and Democratic
Power through
Charisma & Influence
Formal authority & Position
Leaders have followers
Manager have subordinates
Appeal to

Managing and leading are two different ways of supervising and organizing people. Manager’s control or direct people and resources according to principles and values that have already been established. They tend to use a formal and rational method in their approach. Leaders tend to use passion and positive energy to stir emotions. They strive to set a new direction or vision for an individual or group that they lead. These two different styles, managing and leading, are as different in their individual characteristics as they are on the effect they have on the organization they are a part of.