Difference Between Leader and Manager

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We often tend to think that leaders and managers are the same people, but they are very different and for the success of business both must go hand in hand. They are not the same but they are linked and complementary to one another. Leaders are those who people follow while managers have people work for them. A successful business demands both leaders as well as managers.


Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

– Peter Drucker




  1. Leaders Create Vision, Managers Create Goals

Leaders inspire people to turn dreams into reality while managers' main focus is setting and achieving their goals. Management skills are used to plan, build, and direct organizational systems to accomplish missions and goals, while leadership skills are used to focus on a potential change by establishing direction, aligning people, and motivating and inspiring.


  1. Leaders take risks, managers control risks

Leaders are risk-takers even if they fail miserably. They know that failure comes in the path of success whereas managers work to avoid risk rather than embracing it.


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  1. Leadership is about inspiring and management is about planning.


  1. Leaders are Creative, Managers Copy

Leaders work to build their personal brand through creativity, managers mimic the competencies and behaviors of others.


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Qualities of a Leader

  1. Ability to inspire
  2. Vision
  3. Confidence
  4. Positive Attitude
  5. Good communication skills
  6. Open-minded
  7. Enthusiastic


Qualities of a Manager

  1. Discipline
  2. Committed to work
  3. Confidence
  4. Effective Decision-Making
  5. Competence
  6. Patience
  7. Etiquette


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Jyotshana Rani, OpenGrowth Content Team

Jyotsana is very keen to express her views on new topics and wants readers to remember her through her writing. She is passionate about reading and believes that words wield the power of changing the scenario and she uses them to encourage people to the best of her knowledge.

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