March 10, 2013

Manager or Leader? How important it is to spot the difference

There are an abundance of leadership theories out there but not all are applicable to the WaveRiders Company and how its management can be made effective.

In my scenario I have described the character of both the WaveRIders CEO and director to build a background picture on which I shall base my reasoning as to which style of leadership or approach would best suit the organization in achieving success through efficient and effective leadership.

I would first like to classify the difference between a manager and a leader as most people would consider them t o be the same when in fact they are NOT!

According to Bennis & Nanus (1985), a manager is someone who makes the workers perform more efficiently. On the other hand a leader is someone who is effective and motivates a workforce and inspires them in achieving a certain goal.

So as you can see there is a clear difference between the two and this is why a leader is so important in an organization to guide the workforce towards efficiency and innovation in the long run.

Based on this I have come to realize how important it is to be an effective leader for the success of an organization in the long run. Organizations tend to focus on the cost of production and other such factors in order to make the organization more effective.

In my opinion through all the literature I have gone through there is a reason why the behaviour of the workforce and its contribution to the organization is so important. The workforce should be able to contribute to the organization in order for innovation and efficiency to come about. And this is only possible is the leader creates an environment within the organization which would promote efficiency and learning within the organization.

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