To Lead Or To Manage

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That is the question.

Leaders and managers are similar in many ways.  They both are people oriented, in the upper echelons of the organization,  and accountable for accomplishing the organization’s mission.  In other words, they command the organization.

In doing so, there are three key distinctions between the two: (1) focus – leaders keep their eyes on the big picture while managers’ on the details,  (2) time horizon – leaders concentrate ahead while managers’ on the near term,  and (3) scope – leaders set broad strategy while managers’ into the numbers.

The organization’s success depends on the leaders and managers working together.  One does the steering while the other the pushing.  In spite of different titles such as owner, president, director, manager, or executive, best to figure out what each is supposed to do.

Are you a leader or a manager?  What are the differences?  And how the two can best work together?

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