The Difference Between a Manager and a Leader

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Dec 14, 2018 11:27:20 AM

Good managers aren’t necessarily the most inspiring leaders. Many managers are organized and have clear objectives for the company, but they can have difficulty motivating employees. Some managers try to rally their employees around them, but that doesn’t usually work either.

Leading by example is an excellent motivator. When the staff believes that you truly understand how the business is supposed to function, you will get results. Employees are uneasy when their manager is disorganized because they are looking for a leader with a tactical focus. A leader can instill hope and a vision of the plan, but the manager’s job is to carry it out. Once the objectives of leadership are clearly understood, the manager can start to carry out specific responsibilities and support the business policies of leadership to reach the company’s goals. They help employees achieve their own goals and monitor their progress to make sure they do. Effective managers are able to reduce risk and loss in the organization too. They are safety conscious, detailed and good at creating a short-term focus.

Managers must always be ready for a challenge because there will be many. They shouldn’t allow themselves to get caught up in the drama. During every work day, there are always things that interfere with the smooth running of the operation and a manager should always be prepared. A calm personality always helps. If the manager is upset, the employees will be too.

You have to be an excellent problem solver as a manager and there are several ways this can be accomplished. Help the employees understand that their contribution is important too. It will motivate them and avoid negative attitudes and poor morale. Reward them when they do well and guide them when they don’t. Try to remain positive no matter what and offer suggestions for improvement in a cooperative and meaningful way.

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