In a previous post we discussed the Essence of the difference between Managers & Leaders. The next, in this 25-part series, looks at their differences in Focus. What is the difference between what a good Manager focuses on compared to a good Leader?
- Managers focus on leading efforts.
- Leaders focus on leading people
Managers are needed to get the work done that we commit to. They work toward achieving the goals set, the budgets established and the commitments made. Managers are the ones who keep their direct reports managing their daily work; getting things done and overseeing the production of our products and/or services.
Leaders, on the other hand, focus their efforts on leading people. They lead managers, among others, by establishing the Vision of the future they see for the organization. They lead by creating the Mission the organization is meant to achieve. They lead by establishing & reinforcing the Values that guide all decisions of the firm. And they lead by constructing the stretch Goals that push the firm to achieve more than it thinks it can.
Every entity needs Leaders to push us forward & Managers to make sure we do what needs to get done. Leaders & Managers complement each other & every firm needs both.
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