Monday, April 7, 2008

Thought for the Week - 4/7/08

"The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why." - Warren Bennis

One would think that the question: “What’s the difference between a manager and a leader?” would have a simple answer. However, the reality is that there is a great deal of confusion and disagreement about the differences between a manager and a leader. The quote cited above would suggest that a leader is a visionary and motivator, while a manager is a doer.

Does this ring true? How would you define the difference between a leader and a manger?

Can a Leader manage and a Manager lead?

1 comment:

Jim Rowell said...

I find there to be a big difference between managing and leading. It seems to me that managing involves a lot more control over a person versus a partnership that leadership suggests. People desire to have leadership. They want to partner with others to achieve a common goal. We need to involve individuals and teams in problem solving and decision making.

Managing people strikes more about telling people what, when, and how to do things. This doesn’t seem to be engaging people.