What makes you a good manager? Does being a good maager automatically make you a good leader? Is there a difference between leadership and management?
This is an age long debate - Leaders vs Managers. According to differencebetween:
- A manager manages and takes responsibility of a situation. A leader takes charge, is influential, and sets an example.
- The manager has responsibilities and is able to delegate and implement plans. A leader is an example for others and is someone who doesn’t necessarily have a large responsibility.
- Managers have subordinates who follow their rules. Leaders have individuals who believe in what they say, otherwise known as followers.
- Leaders focus on human emotion and charisma to lead. Managers focus on concise, scientifically proven methods to lead.
A successful business owner/CEO needs to be both a strong leader and a good manager to ensure success of the business. According to Go2HR, a strong leader has these traits:
- Honesty & Integrity: are crucial to get your people to believe you and buy in to the journey you are taking them on
- Vision: know where you are, where you want to go and enroll your team in charting a path for the future
- Inspiration: inspire your team to be all they can by making sure they understand their role in the bigger picture
- Ability to Challenge: do not be afraid to challenge the status quo, do things differently and have the courage to think outside the box
- Communication Skills: keep your team informed of the journey, where you are, where you are heading and share any roadblocks you may encounter along the way
Whilst a strong manager, would have these traits
- Being Able to Execute a Vision: take a strategic vision and break it down into a roadmap to be followed by the team
- Ability to Direct: day-to-day work efforts, review resources needed and anticipate needs along the way
- Process Management: establish work rules, processes, standards and operating procedures
- People Focused: look after your people, their needs, listen to them and involve them
Harvard Business review summarises the differences as the following 3 major differences:
- Counting value (manager) vs Creating value (leader)
- Circles of power (manager) vs Circles of influence (leader)
- Managing Work (manager) vs Leading people (leader)
This infographic below best summarises the differences: