Often, we mix up the terms Management and Leadership together. A good manger cannot be a good leader. There is a difference between these two Terms “Managers and Leaders”. I have read some tips that one can apply to see if he is a good Manager / Leader.
- Managers add values and leader focus on creating values. If you ask your employee to report after every alternate hour then you are distracting him and subtracting his value. Leaders focuses on creating values. For example, I would like you to handle Task A while I work on Task B. By doing so, he creates a trust between his team member and himself. Leading by example and leading by enabling people are the hallmarks of action-based leadership.
- Managers have subordinates and leaders have followers. Managers create circles of power while leaders create circles of influence.
- Management consists of controlling a group of people to accomplish a goal. Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control.
Apply these rules on yourself and see if you are good manager or a leader.