Is there a difference between being a manager and being a leader?
Although many think that being a manager and being a leader are synonymous to one another they are not. There are many people who are good managers but are not effective leaders and vice versa. I read somewhere that the difference between being a manager and being a leader is that “a manager does things right and a leader does the right thing” (Johnson, 2007).
By definition a manager is “An individual who is in charge of a certain group of tasks, or a certain subset of a company. A manager often has a staff of people who report to him or her” (Business Dictionary). An effective manager is self-motivated to get things done. They are good communicators and able to relate with employees and customers for good customer service. They are team players and understand that they are not above doing anything they ask the rest of the team to do. By definition a leader is “a person or thing that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others. Therefore leadership is the activity of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this” (Business Dictionary). Being a leader is more about motivating others to follow your lead. A leader has the qualities that make others want to follow their lead. They know what the mission and the vision and are very knowledgeable on how to acquire these goals. They are forward thinking in setting those goals. They are honest, trustworthy, and straightforward in making decisions. A leader is the kind of person others respect because of their character and therefore are motivated to help accomplish the end result.
The characteristics of being a good manager and being a good leader overlap and are very similar on paper but there is so much more to it. A manager is concerned more with the day-to-day job and what needs to be accomplished. They more often than not are more...