The difference between a leader and a manager

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Stellar Select Solutions managing director Danny Wakefield, suggest that there is a crucial difference between a Manager and a leader.  A Leader is someone who people look up to and may go to for support and advice. A Manager is someone who has gained the position within a company. Both of these roles acquire the ability to have an effect on those who they have an influence on.

A Successful manager is someone who enjoys a job of management and has an interest and the confidence for coaching. A great Manager will be able to recognize those with talent and help them to apply their talent and skills correctly. Managing Director suggests these are the main skills needed to be a successful Manager:

  1. Excellent Communication
  2. Good Organisation
  3. Management
  4. Focus
  5. To be able to motivate
  6. Set clear expectations

An exceptional manager will be able to help people gain the skills they need and helping them improve their talent as well as helping to motivate them and achieve their highest level of achievement.  This is the key to any great manager.

A successful leader is similar to a manager but has different skills and abilities. Leaders are optimistic, have the desire to fight against the impossible and confidence in their followers.  Leaders need to communicate frequently with their followers to ensure that the office is up-to-date and have confidence within their leader. Here are the main skills and abilities of a great leader according to the Managing director of Stellar Select Solutions:

  1. Excellent listening skills
  2. Confidence
  3. Commitment
  4. Ability to inspire
  5. Intuition
  6. Problems Solving skills

A Superb leader will help them to achieve great things.  Leaders will assist in coordinating and motivating members. Leaders use their skills to match the best – suited  member to particular task. They help inspire  members to meet deadlines, work productively, and resolve any issues effectively and fairly.

“Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right thing” – Peter F Drucker. This quotes was chosen because it shows how different a manger is to a leader.

Both managers and leaders are great assets to any company and identifying the differences between the both will benefit the any company, so ask yourself are you a great Manager or are you a great leader.


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