The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager

The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager

Difference between Leader and Manager

  Leadership Management
Conflicts: Leader uses the conflicts Manager avoids the conflicts
Focus: Leading people Managing work
Outcomes: Achievements Results
Appeal to: Heart Head
Origin of word: The word “leader” adopted from the German: the word Führer, and its accompanying ideas on the Führerprinzip The verb manage comes from the Italian maneggiare which in turn derives from the Latin manus The French word mesnagement
Also refers to: Leadership also refers to those entities that perform one or more acts of leading Management can also refer to the person or people who perform the act(s) of management
Approach to risk: Risk-taking Risk averse
Meaning: Leadership means “the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members.” Management comprises directing and controlling a group of one or more people or entities for the purpose of coordinating and harmonizing that group towards accomplishing a goal.
Seeks: Vision Objectives
Role in decision-making: Facilitative Involved
Horizon: Long term Short term
Offers in exchange: Excitement in exchange for work Money in exchange of work
Styles: Transformational, Dictatorial, Authoritative, Consultative & Participative Transactional, Autocratic, Consultative and Democratic
Power through: Charisma & Influence Formal authority & Position
Organization: Leaders have followers Manager have subordinates


Christy Geiger, Executive Business Coach & Trainer, Minneapolis, MN