There’s a lot of talk about leadership these days. But, you’ll find just as much written about managers too.
So much so, in fact, that many now use those terms – leaders and managers – interchangeably. How would you feel if I told you those two words, and the people who embody those roles, may not be one in the same? Both roles are vitally important in terms of running a successful business (or in my world, successful restaurants). They are inextricably linked, yet still markedly different.
Here are 3 ways to discern managers from leaders within your organization.
1. Things vs People
To put it simply, managers are focused on getting things done, while leaders invest their energies into people.
I’ll be the first to say that there is a fine line here and it’s not always cut ‘n dry when distinguishing between the two positions – many people possess qualities of both.
Although I will argue that individuals will typically lean more strongly towards one side than the other.
To really see the differences in action, let’s take this a step further.
2. Motivate vs Inspire
Managers use their skills to plan, organize, coordinate, and motivate to get things done.