Although leaders and managers have very distinct roles, there is little doubt that in today's business environment leaders must be willing to wear a management hat and managers would do well to incorporate leadership skills. They are flip sides of a very complimentary coin.
If you are often confused on the distinctions between leaders managers, here are a few brought to you courtesy of Warren Bennis:
- The manager asks how and when; the leaders asks what and why
- The manager has an eye on the bottom line; the leader has an eye on he horizon
- The manager accepts the status quo; the leaders challenges it
- The manager is a classic good soldier; the leader is his/her own person
For a more comprehensive list, check out this Wall Street Journal adaptation or better yet, pick up a copy of On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis.
What are you finding in your organization? Are there still very distinct roles between managers and leaders or have the roles merged as times have changed?
Continue to be great!