Leaders vs managers and why you need both in your organization

Infographic from Jobstreet

Peter Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005), the father of modern management, proclaimed that management is about doing things right and leadership is about doing the right things.  This is a very powerful statement that has guided our own management style over the years.

Every organization needs both leaders and managers.  Managers, to execute and monitor tasks like increasing revenue, optimizing costs, improving productivity; and leaders, to set a vision and organizational goals and steer employees towards achieving these goals, hopefully with the aid of an ethics and moral compass.

Unfortunately, many managers are former line employees who have been promoted based on length of employment and loyalty, rather than real management ability, innate and/or developed.  In addition, managers often receive less attention when it comes to training and development, as top management assume that they are already capable or can learn on the job.  The truth is that managers actually require more training and development so that they can execute their own tasks professionally and influence and coach their teams effectively.

This brings us to the age-old question of whether leaders are born or made.  We believe that leaders must first have personal qualities like charisma, integrity, and passion and then the appropriate leadership training and coaching to hone their business attributes like strategic thinking, people management, and negotiation.

What’s the situation in your organization today?  Do you wish you had more capable managers and leaders to make the journey to success faster and smoother?  SMARKETING will help you with practical training and coaching for your managers.



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