Management vs Leadership

Now, let’s explore some of the differences between management and leadership.

One of the best explanations may be found in Warren Bennis’ book “On Becoming a Leader”. The Wall Street Journal had an excerpt from the book in its May 11, 2011 edition.

Manager vs Leader

“The manager administers; the leader innovates.

– The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.

– The manager maintains; the leader develops.

– The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.

– The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.

– The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

– The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

– The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.

– The manager imitates; the leader originates.

– The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

– The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.

– The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.”

What does your team encounter when they walk in your office?

Does your management and leadership style inspire, instruct, motivate, or combination of the three?