The main difference is that leaders have others who follow them and managers have employees who work for them; that is the key difference between both. Moreover, all managers have what it takes to become a leader in his own right and similarly, all leaders are born managers. Some of the top companies have good, effective managers managing affairs at the helm but not all managers have what it takes to become a leader.
A leader would have to inspire others to follow him, to emulate his actions and to serve as a source of inspiration to many. You can take your pick, from Napoleon to Martin Luther King – and while these personalities may not have essentially formed a company or managed the same, they nevertheless served as a source of inspiration to many. Leadership is all about inspiring many to follow you and share your vision and work towards the common goals.
Some of the key aspects of being a good leader are –
- It is essential that your credibility is rock solid; it can be next to impossible to get anyone to follow you, should your credibility take a dive.
- You need to be both honest and upfront regarding the challenges otherwise it may be hard to get anyone to work towards the common goal. Many a leader often took this part with a pinch of salt with obvious results, starting with Napoleon
- You must be able to inspire others; get them to share your vision so that you can all work towards the common goal. One key difference that sets leaders and managers apart is that leaders often inculcate a sense of belief and trust in their followers, whereas managers don’t, not in the way that leaders do.
- You must have the ability to think out of the box and to be able to come up with creative solutions for some of the key challenges that you may face as a leader; this, in turn, will help you to reach out to more people
- You need to be great at communication in order to communicate your key goals, your vision to all those around you and tell them about where you are and what your goals are.
Some of the key aspects of a good manager are –
These are some of the key aspects of what makes a good manager, here’s to taking a closer look at some of them as they highlight the key differences between a leader and a manager.
- As a manager, you must have a strategic vision, one which you can illustrate with a roadmap for the rest of your team so that they can implement your vision as per expectations.
- You must have the ability to weigh resources at hand and execute all tasks in a time-bound manner. You must be able to micromanage all issues and ensure that your team follows your direction on the same.
- You must be able to communicate your ideas, vision with the rest of your team so that you can accomplish your objectives in a time-bound manner
- You need to ensure that all processes are streamlined, which should result in better productivity in both the short term and long-term
- You must also be able to review, analyze and take requisite actions on behalf of your company so that it can compete more effectively
- Be proactive; a good manager is always proactive and you need to ensure that you tackle all challenges head-on and take effective measures to overcome key challenges
- Be a people person; try to listen to the rest of your team and get their inputs. A good manager always pays attention to those he depends on, to carry out his tasks
These are some of the key characteristics of a good manager and a good leader; the differences between the two are just a few but essentially a leader always manages to inspire others whereas a manager would have to depend on those working under him, to carry out his objectives. Not every manager can transform into a leader but can be one under the right circumstances. In short, he would have to both inspire others and serve as a source of inspiration to many more. A leader on the other hand often leads by example which is why he often holds himself to an exacting standard, and ensures that his followers’ faith in him is justified.