Manager or Leader?

We have all heard the different takes on the difference between managers and leaders.  Some like the saying “Managers manage processes, Leaders lead people.”  Some say they are the same. i.e. if you are a manager you are a leader!  Not sure I can agree with that because I have seen a lot of managers that aren’t leaders in fact some are not even good managers.  So my daughter sent me this quote which I have never heard.

“When I talk to managers I get the feeling they are important. When I talk to leaders, I feel like I am important.

That is in my opinion what differentiates real leaders versus managers.  Leaders bring out the best in you.  It is not about them it is about inspiring others to give their best.  Managers lead with what I call title and position. They are always reminding us of their title, position and/or ultimately their power.

I have received some interesting feedback about my last post “Worst Boss Ever” and will be sharing that in the coming days.  If anyone knows the origin of  the statement my daughter sent me please let us know.  Always want to give credit where credit is due.

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