A couple of months ago, I wrote a post titled Leadership vs. Management. I followed it up with another on the topic titled, So, You Wanna Be a Leader . . . ” The core of both posts is my strong belief that leadership and management are two very different skills that are frequently thought of as one. I contend that there are very few people with great management AND great leadership abilities. Recognition of this fact will general help people be better leaders AND better managers.
Recently, I stumbled upon a site, BuildingBrands (no affiliation),that has a great entry titled, Are You a Manager or a Leader? There are several definitions and anecdotes that make the difference between leaders and managers more clear. I especially like the author’s use of “contrasting words” to describe the two disciplines.
are a copy
do things right
are an original
do the right thing
While I don’t agree with all of the author’s contrasts – good managers are originals in their own right and innovate constantly, I think his table points out the contrasting qualities of each function and helps emphasize how different they actually are.
It’s a great web site. Check it out.