Employees’ impressions of their administrators can spark or sink both parties’ careers. It’s therefore important to recognize the conspicuous and more nuanced differences and similarities between managers and leaders.
The definitions are far from straightforward, and they’re the subject of much debate.
If you’ve categorized yourself as one vs. the other, you’re riding on the impression you have of yourself, which ultimately determines how you lead people.
Any complex comparison reveals a definite overlap between managers and leaders. Though some common ground exists, there are numerous dissimilarities.
Mindset is the primary distinction. The way you tackle administration helps decide whether you manage or lead.
Do you focus on yourself (the manager’s focus) or on others (the hallmark of a leader)? Administrators who work toward achieving both managerial and leadership capabilities excel in the workplace.
This article compares the two broad administrator roles of manager and leader and offers tips to assess and blend your administrative skills for optimal success.
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- Differences in purpose
- Differences in focus
- Differences in authority
- Differences in behavior
- The proper blend
- Applying the blend
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