Are you a leader or manager

According to leadership expert Warren Bennis:

The manager administers and the leader innovates.
The manager maintains, the leader develops.
The manager accepts the status quo; the leader is always questioning and challenging.
The manager focuses on systems and structure; 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 imitates; the leader originates.
The manager is a copy, the leader is an original.

If this is true have you been leading or managing? Have you been hired to lead or manage? I think a lot of people want to lead or they have been hired to lead but they are only calling their managing – leadership. Then there are times when leaders are fulfilling the management role and must keep in perspective why they are in that management role, because they are not the head in that situation and if anything has two heads it is a freak.

So Lead with everything in you if you are to lead. Manage with everything that is within you if you are to manage.

What are your thoughts?

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  • Interesting list. I just finished reading this book “It’s okay to be the Boss” and talks about the “undermanagement epidemic” — lots of good information on how to better manage a volunteer team (not to go against the theme of your post!). Hopefully I’ll be posting on it soon (if I can get unburied from all this baby/toddler business!)
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  • I have that same book on my pile of books to read this month. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about it once I finish reading the book myself. Maybe I will push that book up closer to the top just so I will be ready to read your post.