Thursday, June 13, 2013

Are you a Manager or a Leader?

Are you a manager or a leader?
  1. The manager has subordinates; the leader has followers.
  2. The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
  3. The manager administers; the leader continually innovates.
  4. The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.
  5. The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  6. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on innovation.
  7. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
  8. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
  9. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
  10. The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leaders eye is on the horizon.
  11. The manager imitates; the leader originates.
  12. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
  13. The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
  14. The manager seeks group consensus for each decision; the leader makes decisions independently and regardless of the opinion of others.
  15. The manager assembles teams of those, like themselves, to advise on and validate every decision, leaders decide for themselves without external influence.
  16. The manager acts on expert advice; the leader has the courage to act against an expert’s advice.
  17. The manager knows the cost of everything, the leader knows the value of everything.
  18. The manager asks for a task to be performed, the leader shows the best way to do it.
  19. The manager always has someone else to blame for every mistake, the leader learns from his own mistakes.
  20. A leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.
  21. When the leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
  22. Leaders are not team players, they feel no need to function as a group.
  23. The manager climbs the corporate ladder quickly, leaders don’t use ladders to climb.
  24. The person at the top of the org chart is rarely its true leader.
  25. Managers spend most of their time thinking they are leaders by virtue of their position.
  26. Leaders don't have all the answers whilst managers believe they do.
  27. Managers can be managed themselves, leaders can't be easily led or managed.
  28. Leaders 'begin with the end in mind.' Managers 'begin with the beginning in mind'.
  29. Leadership is freedom of action. Management is working within set boundaries.
  30. Leadership cannot be outsourced or delegated, management can.
  31. Leaders persevere until the goal is reached, managers abandon projects because they see only on the bottom line.
  32. Managers seek continuity, Leaders seeks change.
  33. Managers focus on goals for improvement. The Leader focuses on goals of innovation.
  34. Management's power is based on position or authority; Leadership power is based on personal influence and trust.
  35. The manager demonstrates skill in technical competence but the Leader demonstrates skill in selling the vision.
  36. The manager demonstrates skill in administration. A Leader demonstrates skill in dealing with ambiguity.
  37. The manager demonstrates skill in supervision. A Leader demonstrates skill in persuasion.
  38. The manager diligently seeks legal agreement at each stage of a project. A leader proceeds much more quickly by personal agreement based on trust.
  39. You manage things, you lead people.
  40. Leadership has no performance metrics, management does.
  41. Managers manage, so by nature are natural followers. Leaders lead.
  42. Management is a career. Leadership is a calling.
  43. Managers focus on the bottom line; leaders focus on adding value.
  44. Managers minimise todays costs, leaders maximise future value.
  45. Managers solve problems sequentially - step by step, leaders solve problems quicker by working in parallel.
  46. Managers take a salary, leaders work to change the world.
  47. A managers social identity is defined by title and position, a leaders identity by how he's changed the world.
  48. Without followers, there is no leader … there is just one person with a goal or idea.
  49. Managers prefer process, leaders prefer agility.
  50. The manager is SAD, the leader is MAD. SAD = Same as we've Always Done. MAD = Makes A Difference