Subtle difference between a leader and manager
The term ‘manager’ and ‘leaders’ are often exchanged. Almost as if some people think that the two descriptions meant the same thing. Management and leadership are two completely different roles but they are quite far inseparable. In my experience, I observed that there were many good managers who were not very good leaders, and some very good leaders who were poor managers.
It is important to note that at work today, anyone in the role of supervision and up need to understand and use management and leadership skills. The US Navy Lakson Admiral Grace Hopper once said that “You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.” This statement tells us that there is a subtle difference between a leader and manager. You manage things and processes, you lead people. The list can continue and continue if we compare the two but we will focus on the top two things that make a difference.
Managers have subordinates; Leaders have followers
In the world of corporations, managers do what they expect they are doing because they are also subordinates. They reported to senior managers who gave them special tasks to be executed. The manager does their work because this is what they should and they expect their subordinates to obey the company’s expectations not because they have no choice but because they are valued because they do things in the form of work incentives. When the urge comes to encourage, managers can use formal authorities supported by company policies.
The leaders, on the other hand, have no formal subordinates. The leaders have followers who will obey and listen to their ideas and follow them even without formal authoritarian control. Leaders do not need formal authority because they are charismatic and lead their people to be transformation. The action “following” a voluntary leader. The action “following” manager is a requirement. This is best shown in political and religious organizations. People don’t lose if they don’t follow a leader but they have everything to lose if they don’t follow the manager’s orders.
Managers complete the assignment; Innovation leaders
Managers usually check whether the task is done. There is a set of roles expected by their managers or subordinates to be filled with completion of production requirements, compliance with company policies, and overcome everyday problems that occur at work. The manager is also good at organizing things and this is shown through the details of their plans and how they can meet the budget with several available resources. Managers plan how things need to be done and they also ensure that the plan is carried out in the most efficient way.
Leaders, on the other hand, focus on effectiveness. Leaders do not focus on tasks that need to be resolved but with how innovation will come to play in the organization; They have a long-term vision where the organization goes. Leaders make a difference by changing their vision into action. These visions are changes in the process at work that will bring organizations to new heights. The leaders also found resources instead of being limited by existing budgets and policies. Leaders communicate with people; They let the people around them understand why the purpose of exists and how employees can harmonize their personal goals with the company’s goals.
Leadership + Management: Combination that must be possessed
Large leadership promises. This will bring the company or organization to a new horizon. People will be motivated by the charismatic influence of leaders and the ability to inspire, persuade, and build relationships. However, we need to take into account the skills of a manager that a leader needs to make this vision come true.
Without managers controlling costs and seeing it that things go well as planned, organizations are bound to destroy. For someone to manage and jump effectively