Top 8 Distinctions between Manager and Leader

Warren Bennis once created a whole list of distinctions between manager and leader, some of the following may be helpful.

  1. The manager administers, the leader innovates
  2. The manager is a copy, the leader is an original
  3. The manager maintains, the leader develops
  4. The manager focuses on systems and structure, the leader focuses on people
  5. The manager relies on control, the leader inspires trust
  6. The manager has a short term view, the leader has a long term view
  7. The manager asks why and how, the leader asks what and why
  8. The manager has her eye on the bottom line, the leader has her eye on the horizon

Leaders focus on employee engagement – inspiring trust, developing people, and creating an organization that is innovative and looking at the horizon. Another way to summarize the list is that managers “do things right” and leaders do the “right thing”.

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Vele Galovski has consistently achieved breakthrough results by using his unique approach to innovation engineering. By combining ambitious goal-setting with key driver analysis, disciplined management of metrics, and an inspiring approach to employee engagement and empowerment, Vele has dramatically improved the performance of a high-volume manufacturing operation, a national financial services company, a leading provider of professional outsourcing services, and one of the top home-builders in the country. He is currently working on a book to describe his methodology and help others achieve exceptional results with the same basic process employed by the world’s greatest engineers. You set a daring goal. Then you engineer a way to get there.

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