Manager versus Leader Part Duo

Previously I blogged about the traits of a manager versus a leader. Today I was reminded of another comparison from The Source of Leadership.

In the recent note, David references the 12 distinctions between a manager and a leader Warren Bennis published almost 20 years ago:

  • Managers administer, leaders innovate
  • Managers ask how and when, leaders ask what and why
  • Managers focus on systems, leaders focus on people
  • Managers do things right, leaders do the right things
  • Managers maintain, leaders develop
  • Managers rely on control, leaders inspire trust
  • Managers have a short-term perspective, leaders have a longer-term perspective
  • Managers accept the status-quo, leaders challenge the status-quo
  • Managers have an eye on the bottom line, leaders have an eye on the horizon
  • Managers imitate, leaders originate
  • Managers emulate the classic good soldier, leaders are their own person
  • Managers copy, leaders show originality

So, are you a leader or a manager today? What are ways you can evolve yourself into displaying leadership characteristics if you do not already? Can you be both a leader and a manager simultaneously, and do you need to to be successful?

Stay tuned for more on this topic.

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