Managers have Subordinates Whereas Leader Has Followers

by Sunanda K. Chavan on Tuesday 8 February 2011, 12:57 PM | Category: Human Resources| View: 1466 views
 
 
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Managers have Subordinates Whereas Leader Has Followers 

 

 

Leadership is just one of the many assets a successful manager must possess. Care must be taken in distinguishing between the two concepts. The main aim of a manager is to maximize the output of the organization through administrative implementation. To achieve this, managers must undertake the following functions:

Organization

Planning

Staffing

Directing

Controlling

Leadership is just one important component of the directing function. A manager cannot just be a leader; he also needs formal authority to be effective. "For any quality initiative to take hold, senior management must be involved and act as a role model. This involvement cannot be delegated."

Managers think incrementally, whilst leaders think radically. "Managers do things right, while leaders do the right thing.”. This means that managers do things by the book and follow company policy, while leaders follow their own intuition, which may in turn be of more benefit to the company. A leader is more emotional than a manager. "Men are governed by their emotions rather than their intelligence. This quotation illustrates why teams choose to follow leaders.

In some circumstances, leadership is not required. For example, self motivated groups may not require a single leader and may find leaders dominating. The fact that a leader is not always required proves that leadership is just an asset and is not essential.

There are few very important things about entrepreneurship that came out of this journey. I will list out few of them

Entrepreneurship is all about taking the first step and implementing them.

Take Risks, evaluate and learn.

One of the most important part in evaluating a business idea is its scalability.

Focus on developing assets for the company. i.e. – Think long term.

Provide quality products and services to the customer.

Learn to use internet. It will transform your business

Choose your Associates smartly.

“I am not an entrepreneur just to make money, name and fame; I love the art of taking risks to make a quantum change in people's life”

If you are exceptional in managing day to day operations, but find it difficult to implement change within your team, then you are merely managing, and not leading. The challenge comes in when the need to employ and motivate others arises. To create momentum beyond your personal efforts, demands leadership, as well as the ability to inspire leadership skills in your team.

Succession defines one of the differences of leadership vs management. Managing your business will limit your impact to only those you personally touch.. However, leadership development causes multiplication, through influencing a larger population you otherwise would not have access to.

 

Subject

Leader

Manager

Essence

Change

Stability

Focus

Leading people

Managing work

Have

Followers

Subordinates

Horizon

Long-term

Short-term

Seeks

Vision

Objectives

Approach

Sets direction

 Plans detail

Decision

Facilitates

Makes

Power

Personal charisma

Formal authority

Appeal to

Heart

Head

Energy

Passion

Control

Culture

Shapes

Enacts

Dynamic

Proactive

Reactive

Persuasion

Sell

Tell

Style

Transformational

Transactional

Exchange

Excitement for work

Money for work

Likes

Striving

Action

Wants

Achievement

Results

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