Leaders versus managers
May 20, 2004 Comments (0)
According to Bennis and Nanus managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing. The role of managers is to facilitate the work of an organisation through sound policies procedures and practices. Managers are the people that make the future happen. They crystallize the expectations of people into concrete agendas and action plans. Managers truly master change breaking through the bureaucracy to make progress.
Leaders are in the vision business. They are the people rallying people to the future vision and providing energy and enthusiasm. Leaders are constantly challenging the workplace to be better. They are about cultivating the desires in others to accept responsibility for tasks deadlines and milestones. Leaders listen well and encourage others to take leadership roles within the organisation. According to Stephen Covey management is problem orientated and leadership is opportunity orientated.
It is often said that managers manage things and leaders lead people. However both managers and leaders fail miserably when they are unwilling or unable to take into account the needs of the people involved in helping them achieve their goals. They both need to take people with them. Management and leadership should work in tandem to accomplish what needs to be done.
In the end people do not follow what you say they follow what you do. When you charge up that next hill you want others to be behind you, not waving frantically at the bottom. This applies to both managers and leaders.