Wisdom From Books

Are you a leader or a manager?

Posted on: December 26, 2009

Leaders are the architects while managers are builders. While managers are concerned about getting things done, leaders are concerned with what those things mean to people.

Management is about ‘control’ while leadership focusses on creation of a ‘common vision’.

A person can manage ‘Things’ but not people. People are ‘led’ not managed.

Four roles of a leader:
1. Modeling – a leader is a role model. He / she sets a good example for others to follow
2. Path finding – a leader helps people to find their path (with them)
3. Aligning; and
4. Empowering – a leader has his / her focus on results and gets out of people’s way.

Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.

Leadership cannot be taught. It can be ‘learnt’.

A person needs to learn the key characteristics associated with ‘leadership’ which include:
– Vision
– Discipline
– Passion and
– Conscience

Are you a leader or a manager?

Express your thoughts by providing your comments.

Happy reading!

(The above are key ideas from the book: The 8th Habit; from effectiveness to greatness, you can read more about this book and the Seven Habits of Highly effective People from older post on this blog site).


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