Countless books, articles and arguments center around the difference between managers & leaders. Can a manager also be a leader & vice versa? What are the key traits? Born or learned? And the conversation goes on.

 

In this, the first in our 25 Leadership Qualities series, we will define the core differences between the 2 or the essence of each this way:

 

  • Managers exist for stability
  • Leaders exist for change

 

Managers are needed in every organization to make sure things get done; goals are met; problems are solved.

 

Leaders are needed likewise to disrupt the status quo; to push the organization beyond its comfort zone; to make sure we evolve.

 

Every organization needs some of each. The Ying & the Yang. The Visionary & the Doer.

 

Too many leaders fail not because they are good leaders. They fail because they spend too much time managing when they should be delegating to their managers. Creating the atmosphere where they are challenged and grow. This makes for better managers.

 

And they should be developing the next generation of leaders. A good leader creates the environment for new leaders to be nurtured so they can take over; when the time is right.

 

“Leadership,” is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

 

Tell me what you think.

 

How can Build It Backwards help you to develop into a better leader? Contact me at DanielFeiman@BuildItBackwards.com

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