Mon, 22 Jul, 2019

Managers Vs Leaders. What's the difference?

By Shreeya Pandey

Photo Courtesy: https://www.researchgate.net/post/What_is_the_difference_between_management_and_leadership

Are all managers leaders?  Well, definitely no. According to Peter Drucker,"Leadership is doing right things whereas management is doing things right.” Managing and leading are two different ways of organizing people. Leadership is setting a new vision for a group of concerned people whereas management is directing people according to the directions that have already been set.

Citing the example of our News Club, our Club Presidents, as leaders, organize, give direction, and bring in new ideas, plans while the other members as managers organize events, execute ideas provided and allocates resources, task and responsibility in the team. This distinction is not sharp as our leaders also perform as managers often, and vice –versa working synchronously. This is how it happens in most of the organizational contexts and cases where managers and leaders go hand in hand, often overlapping roles.

Perhaps every leader cannot be a manager, but every manager should become a leader. A manager who lacks effective leadership quality, e.g. visioning, could just be doing their work fine but may not be taking a step in the right direction for the future. For example, a successful business owner needs to be a both a strong leader and manager in order to direct their team or business towards success. Change doesn’t happen when it comes to changing managers into leaders. It takes continuous effort, time, energy, training, interpersonal learning and organizational learning to improve the way one manages and build a leadership trait.