December 06, 2006

Leader or Manager

Thought’s

Develop Leader or Hire Manager?

From a statement in seminar, “Organization needs both leader and manger”, I got some different view about this. First of all, about leader: Leader should have skills combine Management and Leadership, but the combination proportion of these two skills is different from each leader in different position. And also, the detailed skill in both leadership and management will combine in different proportion as well.

For example, leader at top: CEO will require a more percentage leadership . And inside leadership skill, it may require a high percentage of vision / insight skill. CEO’s management skill may have a little less percentage. And inside management skill, it may require a high percentage of mange human resource rather than technology.

For the example of leader at lower level of organization: Leaders are exist in shop floor, that leader may have a higher proportion of management skill then leadership . Inside his management skill, the technology and time management may occupy a bigger percentage. Inside his leadership skill, the influence and inspire skill may have a larger percent than vision skill.

From above example, I am try to demonstrate a possibility to eliminate manger inside an organization, instead, there should be full of leader to filling the position, leader with different skill proportion. With vision, effective influence skill and efficient management skill, leader from different position will able to leading followers toward the goals. (leader know when to lead or follow, leader knowing the shared vision and goals.) Organizations should focus more on employee re-education and training; try to developing leaders within the company.


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  1. Paul Roberts

    Another good reflection on the learning Li. I agree with what you write about the use of different skills as a leader. As the situation changes different skills are required and organizations should develop people for the situations that they put them into rather than putting people into new situations without preparation. Perhaps the requirement for vision does increase as a leader progresses through the organization in the sense that there are usually larger numbers of people to influence. However, I think that vision is useful at any level of leadership – it is about developing and engaging the aspirations of followers, taking them to a better future. I think that that can happen on the shop floor the same as the boardroom.

    07 Dec 2006, 08:34


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