Business literature is full of distinctions that some very smart people make between a manager and a leader:
- “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
- “…Leaders are concerned with what things mean to people. Managers are concerned about how things get done.” – Abraham Zaleznik
But the bottom line is that the distinction between a manager and a leader is all semantics. No one hires you with the job title of Manager and then says, “Now don’t try leading — that’s not in your job description.” And no one hires you with the job title of Leader and then says, “Just focus on leading — managing isn’t something you should care about.” Let’s face it: All management jobs have a leadership component, and all leadership jobs have a management component. And frankly, it doesn’t really matter what you call it; what matters is that you get the job done.
Very true indeed...