Leaders, Not Managers

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Leadership

This week I have been reading a book by Warren Bennis, On Becoming A Leader. Below is a list that distinguishes  a leader from a manager. Read the list and determine where you fit in with your organization.

  • The manager administers, the leader innovates.
  • The manager is a copy, the leader is an original.
  • The manager maintains, the leader develops.
  • The manager focuses on systems and structures, the leader focuses on people.
  • The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
  • The manager has  a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
  • The manager asks how and when, the leader asks what and why.
  • The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.
  • The manager imitates; the leader originates.
  • The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
  • The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
  • The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
  1. Well said. How is our education system preparing people to lead when we put kids in classes of 30+ kids?

  2. John Eisenman says:

    This is a quote from John Maxwell- If someone thinks they are leading, and no one is following, they are only taking a walk.
    Leaders show how to do something, while managers only sit at their desks, and make arbitrary decisions. Leaders grow organizations, while managers kill them. To be blunt, I do not like managers, for they lack people skills, from what I have seen.

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