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January 31, 2012


Having the discussion whether managers are leaders or whether leaders are managers, gave me an insight into what these two words meant. Managing and leading from my viewpoint are two different things. Leading is about managing and directing people towards attaining a certain goal while managing seems to be about just getting what has to be done with little or no element of leading.

Does being a manager make you a leader? My answer is NO.

I say no because I have had the opportunity to work with a couple of bosses who I thought were not good leaders and based on what i’ve learnt so far in this two days and leaning towards Modar’s point of “leaders inspire and manage change”, it only goes to confirm my belief.

I am of the view that being a manager who is not a good or effective leader would only take you this far (nowhere) as compared to being a manager who is an effective leader.

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