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Development Is Required for Advancing on the Job
Leadership qualities are characteristics that propel a manager upward in the company to a long-term career as a leader. These qualities produce increased business results for the company and for the customers or clients that it serves.
Regardless of company and department dynamics, some managers remain stymied in the same occupational title and pay level for decades.
They become "too valuable in their positions to replace" and "not valuable enough" as assets for the administration to further develop and kick up the ladder to better wages and more responsibility.
Such professional development may be viewed as a risky gamble by leadership. Training costs and replacement costs to develop a manager may be too formidable as well.
We have seen the portrayal in literature and on-screen of the frustrated, hardworking manager who toils around the clock in rolled-up shirtsleeves. In fact, this is a solid stereotype.
Such a hands-on manager can be inspiring to subordinates, but they can also work themselves into illness. He or she likely could accomplish more for the company by delegating duties and leading subordinates into a network that is structured for optimal results.
Leader. Leading. Leadership.
One of these words might be the first that comes to mind when someone asks themselves, "What qualities make a good manager?"
That word might or might not be part of any individual person that is a manager. Not all managers lead. Some do best in taking direction, not providing it.
Some people may think that a manager and a leader are actually the same, but they are not necessarily identical. An effective manager will have leadership qualities and management skill is only one facet of leadership.
A leader possesses a natural set of talents that inspire people to follow, to be loyal, and to produce.
Some managers have these qualities, but others do not possess them or have them to a degree that can be enhanced through training and coaching.
Ongoing Professional Development targets that need and a good alternative is Self-Improvement Training through books, online materials, a career coach, a counselor, a job club, a professional organization, or other entities and resources.
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Those managers that do not have specific leadership qualities and some who do not receive guidance to draw them out often work much harder than do their subordinates. They may even become workaholics and may become resentful of subordinates.
Functions of a Manager
In some instances, a manager is a babysitter with a glorified title. This might be someone that accepts the title "manager" and by doing so, helps to lower an organizational framework for a group of people. This establishes a pecking order in a type of informal Vertical Team.
If the manager in the group does not use leadership qualities to their best advantage, the dynamics of the workgroup may change for the worse. Murmuring begins, production lowers, and people quit.
Sometimes a manager is actually a front-line worker, paid just a bit more than subordinates in order to set a faster, more productive work pace. In factories of the early 20th century, these individuals were called "straw bosses."
I have known managers that earned only five cents per hour more than their subordinates, yet produced 50% more work output. This is not fair.
A manager and a leader are not necessarily the same. Effective management is a skill needed by leaders in order to be effective and to rise in the workplace to higher, more responsible, and better-paying job in a lifelong career.
What Is Leadership?
Leadership is one characteristic of an effective manager.
The best goal of a manager is to maximize work output for the company. To do so, effective managers must:
- Plan and schedule
- Hire, staff, develop, and fire as needed
- Direct assigned operations
- Control production and costs
- Act as a role model, perhaps by working in production himself, as needed
At times, leadership is not even required in management - very self-motivated teams do not always need a central leader (this is more like a democratic Horizontal Team). Other times, a natural leader may arise in a workgroup, and is not the Manager. This may result in conflict.
Point of View
- Managers often think in terms of production and
- Leaders think in terms of the future.
Managers may follow manuals and quotas while Leaders follow their own vision and innovation.
- Managers work, while leaders think and create.
Managers are often a cog in the company wheel of production, while leaders are outside production and stand out in their differences.
Best Effective Leader Skills
Aside from the foregoing discussion, effective leaders need these skills:
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- Effective, Appropriate, and Timely Communication
- Calm During Crises - Confidence and skillful problem-solving
- Ability to Delegate
- Team-Building Skills
Additional characteristics, skills, and personal qualities will enhance the work of and the results achieved by both leaders and managers, and the above list is a very good foundation upon which to build an effective, growing job personality. Such a person will enable workers to continue to grow in their current job, acquire new skills, gain promotions, become a leader, and move up the corporate hierarchy.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Is it correct that not all leaders are good managers, but all managers are leaders?
Answer: No, all managers are not leaders. In fact, some managers feel like waitstaff and babysitters because they organize, coordinate, and schedule people, activities, and things, but never have the opportunity to plan or to produce visions for the future. Some leaders are no good at scheduling, etc., so they hire managers.
© 2008 Patty Inglish MS
doddid from Bandung Indonesia on October 04, 2012:
nice sharing :) Leader is inspiring people... Manager is directing people
KE Morgan from Arizona on May 20, 2012:
Leading is the art of motivating others towards common goals whereas management is merely supervising them while they work towards those goals. Leadership is rarely based on being in a position of authority.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 03, 2012:
I'm glad this can be of use for you. A lot of managers believe they are higher-level leaders, but actually do not understand the role of a leader. You may be able to help the public to see that.
Damien Game on May 03, 2012:
This page has given me great direction for an assignment of mine, where I am required to compare and contrast managers and leaders. Thanks a lot for the resource!!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 01, 2012:
Congratulations on your field of study!
keeshang on February 01, 2012:
:))It encouraging me to study hard , because of your comments ..I LEARNED A LOT,,and makes me feel more interesting in my course.
sam on January 09, 2012:
think of a few supervisors you've worked for and with over the years. Would you say they were effective managers? Also, would you say they were effective leaders? Were any of those individuals a good leader, but a poor manager? What about vice versa?
cema on January 08, 2012:
Thank so much.. It was vry useful
Stella Nig on November 20, 2011:
Leaders are found in a group or clubs but managers are found in a business organization or company.
mughal on November 19, 2011:
yes i agree with the thoughts of Colin Powell
Roy Kauheva on November 14, 2011:
Well, the distinction is correctly illustrated.But some leaders think they are god fathers and they know everything therefore there is no need to listen to their subordnates.Where do such leaders fall?
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 20, 2011:
Could be, but many times, managers are like babysitters that are refused promotion because they babysit the operation too well. They must quit and go elsewhere to be placed into higher levels of respsonsibility and pay.
Derrick Ampadu on September 20, 2011:
Management and leadership are often used interchangeably in this dispensation and even decades before, but there is a clear distinction between these two areas of studies. Concisely, leadership is an aspect of management.
Jason Castro Yanday on September 20, 2011:
Thanks a lot of this article and the writer gave me a lot of idea about the difference of Leader and Manager.tnx
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 17, 2011:
Thanks, nessie - hope it really helps solidifyy your work and gives you material for your own best future. Best wishes! -- Patty
nessie on September 17, 2011:
thumbs up Patty!!! such a great piece....!!! learnt so much today!!! n oh, so much help in working on my assignment :-)
VICTOR on September 15, 2011:
I WANT TO KNOW FROM YOU, THAT ARE ALL MANAGERS LEADERS? WHAT DOES IT TAKE ONE TO BE A LEADER AND A MANAGER AS WELL?
Mr Malik on September 13, 2011:
i am very pleased because this info help me to much
ukddon on September 09, 2011:
Thanks alot.The info makes a better tomorrow.Bless You.
maxwell churchez on September 08, 2011:
please,i want to ask a question"are all managers leaders?"..
maxwell churchez on September 08, 2011:
i really like this......it has helped me so much..thank u
nana serwaah osei-adjei on September 06, 2011:
so can i ask this question that "are all managers leaders?"
dandy on September 03, 2011:
Ravi Singh from India on August 11, 2011:
Very nice and useful info.I like this hub.
princessmyat on March 02, 2011:
'thanks to your ideas.. it helps me know the difference between a leader and a manager. actually it's my assignment..
syamini bascaran on February 08, 2011:
nice and clear understanding article tanx
saki on November 23, 2010:
nice thanks a lot
nobs on October 26, 2010:
a leader thinks while a manager sits
busari ibrahim on September 25, 2010:
yes,thank you all.but which one is most important
yukah.29 on August 24, 2010:
tnx for the information..about leader and manager..b'coz this article helped me a lot of my ass. tnx again.....
Baskaran Nair on July 28, 2010:
I really wonder how many of us have actually come across the Fable on "Who is more important?". This 'story' is about the different parts of our body arguing. It surely teaches all of us irrespective of what positions we hold in an organization that in the first instance this question or even the thought of it should not arise !Eventually the moral of that story points out that ego is the cause of ALL the disaster! "A great many people think they are thinking when they are actually rearranging their prejudices."
luthfi on July 22, 2010:
this page teach me a lot about the management..at my college,i often wonder who is more important..manager or leader??i think both is important because we have to co opperate,work together and teamwork for success in some organization..
france on July 01, 2010:
but for me leader before manager because without leader there will no good plan will made... so leader first to become a manager.
mulunesh on April 18, 2010:
it enhnce me more
manageresponsible on April 04, 2010:
If all managers are a good leader, then they will be that effective and all will succeed in place...great post!
wachara Jevence on February 01, 2010:
Leaders are always looking for betterand more efficient ways of doing things,A maneger just accepts the organizations makeup and culture and does all that he or she can to cement the company's status quo.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 16, 2009:
Thanks for reading and making great comments, Friends!
kat go - It is awesome that this page could help you with an assignment.
kat go on November 16, 2009:
wow... this article helped me a lot in my assignment!! thanks for your brilliant ideas patty.. =)
TrudyVan Curre from South Africa on October 15, 2009:
You are correct. A good manager inspires and has a productive workforce.
huck tooey from Vineland NJ on September 24, 2009:
Good Hub....My 2 cents....I think a manager has employees working for him doing as he/she says never questioning just doing..While a good manaager aks questions takes suggestions and ultimatly leads his CO-WORKERS to success.
Praise in public.... Disipline in private
MICHAEL ASABERE on September 21, 2009: