The words ‘leader’ and ‘manager’ are among the most commonly used words in business and are often used interchangeably. However, these are two very different concepts.
What is a Manager?
A manager is the member of an organisation who has the responsibility of carrying out four important functions of management. These are the following:
- Leading, as well as
Most managers also are also leaders however, this is only if they also carry out the leadership responsibilities of management. These responsibilities include:
- Providing inspiration as well as guidance, in addition to
- Encouraging employees to achieve a higher level of productivity.
Not all managers are leaders
Some of the managers in business have weak leadership qualities. Employees follow instructions from their managers as they are obliged to do so and not necessarily as they are positively influenced or inspired by the leader in question.
A manager’s main focus is to meet organisational goals as well as objectives. They usually do not take much else on board. Managers are held liable for their actions in addition for the actions of their subordinates. With the title comes the authority as well as the privilege to promote, hire, fire, discipline, or reward employees. This is based on their performance and behaviour.