I love Pinterest because you never know what you’ll find there. I have
several pins on my Leadership and Career boards on Pinterest, and I also follow the pins of such boards. From these boards, I find some career related gems that spur me to write some good posts.
As usual, yesterday, I was trawling through one of the boards to escape the bore of adverts midway through one of my favourite shows on TV, and I found a fascinating Infographic (shown below) by Unnatiunlimited.com based on Warren Buffet’s description of a Manager and a Leader.
However, the more I looked at the Infographic, the more questions I came up with.
For instance, these are some of the questions:
- Isn’t a good manager automatically a good leader?
- Can a bad manager be a good leader and vice versa?
- And, can we truly separate the functions of a Leader and that of a Manager?
I think leadership and management go hand in hand. Although they are not the same thing, however, they are closely linked, and they complement each other. Separating the two may cause more problems than it solves and create more questions than we can answer.
Great Managers and Leaders share the best traits of both. Great Managers cannot manage effectively without great leadership skills, any more than great Leaders can lead effectively without great managerial skills.
Candidly, the Infographic made me think of a few people that I looked at as Leaders differently because they fall into the Managers side and some Managers fall into the Leaders side. Just as well, many people lead and manage at the same time, and so display a combination of behaviours under both.
I once attended a Leadership training course where the facilitator defined the main difference between Leaders and Managers as – Leaders have people follow them while Managers have people who work for them.
As I see it, any successful person in any position of leadership needs to be both a strong Leader and Manager. This is important in order to get their team on board to follow them towards their vision of success and to work with them to achieve goals, while managing is more about administering and making sure daily things are happening as they should.