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A Leader vs. A Manager

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A manager is someone who tows the company line and is all about appearances, results, and policy compliance. A leader is someone who inspires his colleagues through passion and commitment, supports their professional development, understands what "makes them tick", and interacts with them accordingly. Every leader needs to be a manager on some level, but leadership drives productivity and creates a positive work environment. Small gestures and understanding  inspire loyalty, build teamwork, and drive results. At times I get "chastised" for being too close to my colleagues, but I believe that is in most part due to my commitment to being  a leader. I was hoping to get some advice as to how others have dealt with this issue. Supporting your colleagues and direct reports without the appearance of "coddling them".


Alexander Haislip
Title: Author
Company: Independent
(Author, Independent) |

Leaders take their operations in new directions, often by empowering the people below them. Managers are innovation antibodies who stick to the status quo.

Laura Colony
Title: Controller/HR Director
Company: BioTech Company
(Controller/HR Director, BioTech Company) |

I rather like the quotes that best exemplify the meaning of a leader --

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The real leader has no need to lead--
he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

He who has never learned to obey
cannot be a good commander.

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John Kogan
Title: CEO/CFO
Company: Proformative, Inc.
(CEO/CFO, Proformative, Inc.) |

Great quotes, Laura. And oh so true!


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