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Do I Lead or Manage by Next Step |   posted: 01/28/2015

“Are Managers Always Leaders?” being a manager is often a part of the Leader’s role but the Leader’s role goes far beyond the role of the manager. In a high performing organization, both roles are critical but it is important to distinguish the difference between those chartered to manage and the organization’s leaders.

Some of the guidelines include:

Leaders:

  • Set clear goals, provide clear directions, support people as they need it, delegate and empower followers, give feedback on performance, have a flexible leadership style.
  • Recognize the need to motivate, inspire, and empower their teams to achieve organizational goals
  • Leaders inspire loyalty and are able to energize an organization
  • Drive and impact strategy and vision – gaining commitment to it from others

Managers:

  • Know how each layer of the system works and guide others to follow the direction of the leader.
  • Focus on accomplishing their organization’s tasks and capturing metrics/milestones/ while documenting and communicating progress
  • Lead an effort and implement the strategy

While they each fulfill different roles, ultimately both are critically important to an organization’s success!

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