Leaders Vs. Managers: Like Apples to DoorknobsFor as long as I can remember, people have been hashing out arguments over leaders vs. managers. I’ve wrestled with this question, even studying it in my graduate work in organizational leadership. Recently I’ve grown disillusioned as I see a growing trend towards leaders being these visionary geniuses while managers are relegated to corporate drones who wallow in the mire of organizational politics. One has to be better than the other and when compared apples to apples, leaders are superior to managers. However I’ve finally figured out the difference and realized that they are two very separate entities and cannot be compared to each other. It’s like comparing apples to door knobs. Here is the correct pairing: Leaders/Followers Managers/Subordinates Attributes of Leaders
- Take charge of things.
- Come up with answers to perplexing questions.
- Establish a strong network of resources.
- Provide a way out of a confusing situation.
- People you go to when you can’t figure something out yourself.
- Provide structure and order.
- Master technical details and teach them to others.
- Provide sound judgment and critical thinking.
- Possess the right interpersonal skills to gain consensus and get the job done.