November 28, 2005

Leadeger=Leader + Manager

I think a very important thing came up today. Nowadays, due to the massive character of changes happen in every aspect of our life, there is a huge demand for good leaders. But what about the good managers, donít we need them any more? Does it mean that the profession of a manager is not up-to-date and must be replaced by the leader? To answer on this question it is useful to look on the differences between the leader and the manager.

The differences between these notions are not so obvious and quite questionable, but probably the main is that leader is the person who is able to create the vision and who can, by influencing people, make it come true. Whereas the manager is the person who is able to manage people and projects efficiently within some context, which might be given to this manager, Ė the manager is not the person who has the Ďadminí rights to the system he or she manages. The leader is the Ďadminí of the system. This analogy may be quite rough but it helps me to describe the difference.

At the same time, leadership nowadays, I am talking about the business environment, implies not only personal traits and abilities to create visions. It is equally important for the leader to be good and professional at implementing this vision into practise, that makes the leadership closer to profession, rather that inherited natural features. So, the leader is a profession that requires not only leadership abilities, but at the same many management skills. The person who combines all these features and attributes can be named as a future leader (with very good management skills) or, if you wish as a future manager (who will have to be a professional leader). I propose to call this profession the LEADEGER Ė the profession that requires the balanced leadership and management skills and abilities.

I donít know whether someone has coined this word before, but Google hasnít found anything.


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