Confusing the roles of Leader and Manager – does it really matter in modern day Organisations?

July 8, 2016 Caryn Walsh

Confusing the roles of Leader and Manager – does it really matter in modern day Organisations?

In most Organisations within which we work, we regularly find that there is often a confusion between the roles of a Leader and Manager. In some discussions I have had, relatively senior people believe they are the same role.

Simply put – they are not.

All businesses need both a leader and manager – Leaders are the people who can carve the vision, see the big picture and take the organisation and its people forward. Managers are those who maintain the daily systems, disciplines and operations. In smaller organisations, one person can play both roles. Although this may be true, the trick for the individual is knowing which role they are playing at any time. Especially with what end in mind.

Small Businesses

In a small business, for example, the leader often has to manage on a daily basis. As a result, they can get drawn into solving daily operational issues. Even though this is not necessarily problematic, it tends to become so when the individual remains in a managerial role and does not work on developing the business.

Simply, the person spends more time working in, not on, the business.

The Danger

The danger comes from not having the energy and resources to spend on obtaining more clients, forging partnerships, creating alliances and networking significantly. Driving the Company forward. This is the work of the Leader.

If you are a small business, pay attention to these differences. Ensure that you have a balance between both. It is productive to ensure that daily operations and tasks are completed efficiently. That doesn’t mean that they need to be at the expense of growing the business.

Contact us if you would like help to develop your Leaders, Managers or people. Info@puremagicbusiness.com.au

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