Manager vs. Leader: Which are you?

Whats The Difference Between Managers And Leaders

It’s no secret that the workplace is changing. With Gen Y poised to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, we’re seeing open office floor plans, flexible schedules, and open-ended vacation policies. Yes, the structure of the 9 to 5 has indeed evolved. What does this mean for the traditional workplace hierarchy? Well, that is changing too. As the traditional management hierarchy is dissolving, businesses are moving to more collaborative work cultures. Still, bosses that adopt a leadership role fair better with their employees.

According to Harvard Business Review, the number one reason employees quit their jobs is because of a poor quality relationship with their direct manager. This indicates that employees are looking for a meaningful relationship from their supervisors. This requires employers to adopt a more hands-on approach with their employees. Thus begs the question, what is the difference between a manager and a leader?

Managers:

  •      Build and maintain processes
  •      Have a linear scope
  •      Maintain the status quo
  •      Concentrate on the systems and structure
  •      Execute tactical plans for their team to conform to

Leaders:

  •      Build and maintain relationships
  •      Have a nonlinear approach
  •      Challenge the status quo
  •      Concentrate on their people and collaborative efforts
  •      Create a vision and inspire their people to rally behind it