Manager or a Leader?

Everyone wants to be a leader these days. Don’t think so? Ask a few people if they would rather attend a leadership workshop or a management seminar.

Why do you think this is? When did managing get a bad name? Is it true what I hear so many say, that a manager manages things and a leader leads people?  

It might be a coincidence, but it seems like managing lost popularity about the same time our organizations started to become flatter.

From my perspective it seems that the modern “leader” is expected to motivate a whole lot more people than the old-fashioned manager, often while also acting in the role of individual contributor. Is the term manager the victim of corporate spin?

From my perspective a manager is a hero. They are the people who listen to individuals, rearrange workloads to benefit the team, know the strengths and interests of employees, and provide the individual direction and feedback that allows the “leaders” of organizations to be successful.

What do you think?

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1 Response to “Manager or a Leader?”


  1. 1 Steve Rosenbaum January 26, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    I think these are two different skill sets. I think it’s possible to be a good manager and a poor leader as well as a good leader and a bad manager. In fact, I know several managers who don’t have any staff. They manage processes and vendors.

    An interesting question to go along with your is, “how many leaders does an organization need?” With too many everyone’s leading off in different direction.


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