This week, we look at leadership from the manager’s perspective and explore the differences from looking at leadership from a leader’s perspective. Managers focus on process, procedure, and implementation of the organization’s purpose. A manager’s perspective is about getting the job done and keeping stability. The leader’s mindset is about change and moving workers toward the organization’s vision. The area of overlap comes in terms of the need to use “soft or people skills” to get their job done. It is said that a manager motivates while a leader empowers.
In the following five quotes each leader is commenting on the perspective of a manager in an organization as opposed to a leader.
- Define the difference between a manager’s mindset and a leader’s mindset.
- Using the readings for the week, reflect and explain the meaning of each quote. and how each quote relates to a manager’s or leader’s mindset.
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
“Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.”
“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”
“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”
“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.”