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The difference between leader and manager you need to know

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Hiring a worthy leader is very hard and some companies do not know if they are employing a leader or a manager, which are two very different concepts.

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The difference between leader and manager you need to know

  1. 1. The difference between leader and manager you need to know By Jason Hanold Image courtesy of AgriLife Today Flickr.com
  2. 2. The difference between leader and manager you need to know Today, one of the greatest and most significant challenges for companies is hiring good leaders for guide them. This is vital for businesses, because, through its performance, organizations can reach the goals they have in the best way. Besides, companies must hire good leaders not only for getting their objectives but also for promoting people and create engagement between them and the organization. Hiring a worthy leader is very hard and some companies do not know if they are employing a leader or a manager, which are two very different concepts. In other words, many times businesses do not distinguish and understand that leaders and managers are two different things, hiring the wrong person for some position and not obtaining the desired objectives.
  3. 3. The difference between leader and manager you need to know To understand the difference between this two terms, it is important to define them and know their main characteristics. In addition, it is imperative to say that both concepts are not exclusive, that is to say, that a good leader can be a good manager. Leadership This concept could be defined as the ability that one person or company has to direct and drive other persons or organizations. Put differently, leadership is all those skills and capabilities that somebody has to guide in the finest way other people or companies, creating high commitment between them. There are different studies defining multiple leadership styles, but there are four which are the most known.
  4. 4. The difference between leader and manager you need to know Autocratic This kind of governance is focused only on the leader, not the persons. Decisions and other choices are taken only for it, without taking into account the opinion of its subalterns. Democratic This kind of leadership is totally opposite to the Autocratic. Here, leaders involve all their subordinates for decisions making, besides, they support and promote all the initiatives given by their employees.
  5. 5. The difference between leader and manager you need to know Free-rein Here, the leader gives to one or multiple subalterns the power for decisions making, without any guidance. In other words, here employees are who control everything, not the leader. Task-oriented A task-oriented leader seeks only for reaching the assignments it has and nothing else. Basically, this kind of leadership focuses on the production, not the persons. Knowing these leadership styles, it is important to say that no one is better than another, they are simply different types of guidance, but a leader who mix these four styles in the right way will create the perfect engagement with its employees, letting them to growth both personally and professionally. Moreover, it will be more successful reaching the company’s goals and its objectives.
  6. 6. The difference between leader and manager you need to know Another fundamental element that leaders must consider are the emotions. A good leader not only seeks to performance and results but also promotes and motivates personal growth through emotional skills, letting workers feel more comfortable in their jobs. In conclusion, a good leader is the one who knows how to merge in the right way the mentioned leadership styles, motivating and supporting people on the emotional side. In other words, a good leader is who establishes in its subalterns the perfect balance between work and emotions.
  7. 7. The difference between leader and manager you need to know Management The concept of manager refers to those persons who barely administrate the company resources, both financial and human. The manager figure is just the one who rules and supervises their subordinates without going beyond the results. It is important to say that managers are not negatives elements in companies, but currently, companies need more than a simple person who controls and supervises working tasks. Today’s organizations are in a very dynamic world and they need people who motivate and stimulate workers beyond their responsibilities and assignments.
  8. 8. The difference between leader and manager you need to know Some differences between leader and manager Understanding what is the meaning of each concept, some differences between them can be defined. Presently, companies need persons who innovate, not those who do always the same things. This is a very essential distinction between a leader and a manager. Leaders create new things and develop multiple alternatives for making things, while managers do always the same, without doing significant changes in how they do things.
  9. 9. The difference between leader and manager you need to know As it was mentioned before, managers focus on tasks, production and company’s structure, while leaders focus on people and emotions. Currently, companies have understood that happy workers are results, so if employees are emotionally strong and comfortable with their jobs, their performance will be higher. Managers do not worry about this, they just seek results over everything else. Another amazing and remarkable difference between these two types of governance is that leaders inspire people, while managers just control them. This could be one of the most significant distinctions between leadership and management because inspiring workers is the best way to create engagement with them. In other words, a person who inspires other, can make it more productive and committed. Managers just control, making employees to do just what they have to do with no motivation and self initiative. Related: 10 pieces of advice for hiring C-Level executives

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