Leadership vs. Management: What is the Difference?

The words “manager” and “leader” are commonly used in the business world and easily mistaken in their actual definitions. Managers may not be good leaders, the same as leaders could not be effective managers. Successful professionals can carry an array of skills that will develop in their leadership roles.

Leadership is a quality of influencing people, while management is a discipline of managing things in the best possible manner.

In easy words, managers plan, organize, and control. Leaders are essentially coaches, people who can inspire the team (not necessarily holding a management position). Influential leaders help guide their company in the right direction. For example, some managers do not practice leadership, while some people lead without a managerial role.

In fact, a recent 2021 study published reveals that only 14% of CEOs have the leadership talent they need to grow their businesses. Also, 79% of employees quit their jobs due to a lack of appreciation from their manager.

Those numbers are a few examples of how corporations desperately need to invest in leadership and management development to create a more motivated team and a positive internal culture.

Top Leadership Skills

  • Motivation

Leaders share their thoughts, enthusiasm, motivation. Leaders lead their teams to believe in their potential to achieve their goals.

  • Creativity

Great leaders transform their ideas into creative possibilities. Leaders think outside the box.

  • Mentor

Leadership is all about coaching and guiding. Great leaders help their team to develop and grow.

  • Problem-solver

Leaders are able to critically analyze the situation, focusing on the solution instead of the problem itself.

  • Risk-taker

Leaders are not afraid to take risks. Instead, leaders are motivated by supporting their team to bring positive changes by taking some risks.

Top Management Qualities

  • How to Give Feedback

One top quality a manager should have is the ability to give feedback. While managing a team, the manager will help team members to develop their skill sets and identify growth opportunities by providing clear, relevant feedback.

  • Professional Development

Another excellent point for managers is how to support professional, individual career development for each member of their team.

  • Delegation

Being a manager is not about micro-managing. It is about identifying the best qualities in each team member to delegate the work for the best person for the task.

  • Organization and Planning Skills

Organizing and planning the job and the team is how managers coordinate deadlines and priorities.

  • Team-builder

Managers value the team, create opportunities for collaborations, encourage team members to get to know each other and work together.

The Bottom Line

Leaders and managers may approach the job slightly differently sometimes, but both have the same goal in mind: they want the best for the team and the organization. Both want to contribute to creating a healthy, happy environment where everyone can do their best to get the best results.

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