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Do Managers and Leaders Really Do Different Things?

(Source: HBR-Jun 2016)

Some important capture from the article:

management behaviors dominantly center on the manager: gaining trust, being accountable, being optimistic, being visible, and providing recognition and reward. Leadership behaviors focus on the staff: trust people, engage people, motivate and encourage people.

Here is another distinction:

“Managers” delegated largely as a way to increase efficiency; “leaders” delegated as a way to empower subordinates.


The crucial difference – maybe the only difference — is the focus of the person carrying them out. Focus more on people and you’ll demonstrate leadership, more on results and you’ll perform management; but what you’re actually doing may not be that different.

Spore, 16.07.20