Leader vs Manager What’s the difference?

A recent article in Forbes discusses the difference between a leader and a manager and the personal brand traits of each. If you are moving up from manager to a leadership role and want to know what you need to add to your personal development plan there is a great definition of both in the article; Managers – execute the process and plan, Leaders – create vision and a movement to get there.

The article also quotes from the book On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis who defined a list of 12 differences between the two:

  1. The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  2. The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.
  3. The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  4. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
  5. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
  6. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
  7. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
  8. The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.
  9. The manager imitates; the leader originates.
  10. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
  11. The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
  12. The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

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