March 04, 2014

Leader vs Manager

Leadership and management is definitely not the same thing but are co related and are complementary to each other. The major difference which i found by reading couple of articles on the internet is the manager organizes and coordinates the task or a team but a leader always believes more in innovating and motivating. Manager is more over an administrator. Manager always has a short-term view while a leader has a long-term perspective. The very interesting thing, which I read about a leader and a manager was a manager always does the things right but a leader, do the right thing.

Managers have subordinates working under him/her but a leader has followers, what we can understand from this is a manager creates a circle of power, where the manager orders and the subordinates follow and the subordinates has to agree with the manager even if he disagrees because he is the boss but in case of leader he/she creates a circle of influence where the follower agrees with the notion of the leader and wants to work willingly. Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi who always have thinking beyond the problems and followed the vision. He inspired people to actually convert the challenges into the opportunities.

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