Nirupama ShyamFirstly, let us fathom that the words Leader and Manager are not one and the same. They hardly share the same meaning. But we often see these two words used interchangeably because of confusion.
This is the reason why many people end up as Managers and restrain themselves from becoming Leaders.
Talking about Managers, they usually ensure the reliable Development and execution of plans using tactics such as methods, rules and policies,
practices, resources, processes and expertise to deliver a Product/service to Customers with the intended thought of meeting goals.
But, when it comes to Leadership, it makes your tactics, products, and service better, or even faster. Leadership is all about bringing in the positive change,
ensuring that others understand the change and influencing people to go along with it.
Why Leadership and Management are mostly confused?
Managers always think in terms of their plan and they do so in concrete linear analytical terms (numbers, facts).
They actually use expertise to supervise their Decision-Making. But Leaders look for Opportunities using ideas and lateral thinking which extends beyond the current plan.
We have three levels of Leadership here:
Reactive Leaders are those who grab the situation to find solutions to issues even when tactics utterly fail. Adaptive Leaders are good at making changes by adopting the
profound practices of others. Proactive Leaders find latent opportunities to improve and often establish industry trends and benchmarks. To put it in simpler words,
a Manager thinks “the product/thing is not broken, so let's not fix it”. But Leaders does both jobs, fix what is broken and find things to fix even when they are not broken.
This dichotomy is a minuscule yet powerful thing to inculcate.
Goals Without Strategies: When people step up to lead, they usually make plans and goals often in scarce of no strategies. The important trait of Leaders is to develop
strategies in order to achieve objectives and also implement them in the plan. These strategies could include empowering others to become Leaders and finding specific
courses of action to achieve the final objective.
Conclusion: An effective leader must also be an effective manager, who can show the team to connect on a human level, and manage processes.
However, a Manager is not always a good Business Leader. Successful Business Management is merely based on effective (human/relationship-centric) Leadership.
Nirupama Shyam B Tech(Electronics)
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