Leader vs Manager

Leader ManagerA fantastic quote from 2006 on the difference between a Leader and a Manager. I think I first read it on a cereal box.

The quote is still so relevant and a constant reminder for those of us on a quest to become better leaders (and sometimes even better managers)

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  • The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  • The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  • The manager accepts reality; the leader investigates it.
  • 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 has his or her eye 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.

Quote from Warren Bennis


I believe every business needs great leaders and great managers!

Trying to segregate the functions of a leader from that of a manager is very problematic. Most people…

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