17 of the biggest differences between managers and leaders

Getty ImagesManagement website Resourceful Manager outlined key differences between a manager and a leader.
  • The words “manager” and “leader” are often used interchangeably, but they’re two very different things.
  • Managers instruct and tell people what to do, while leaders encourage and inspire.
  • If you’re looking to be regarded as a true leader within your organisation, take a look at this handy infographic management website Resourceful Manager put together.
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Employees need a strong leader now more than ever. The coronavirus pandemic has turned work as we know it upside down. But how do you know if you’re leading effectively or just getting by managing your team?

The words “leader” and “manager” are often used interchangeably, but they mean two completely different things.

For instance, a manager tells their employees what to do, while a leader encourages them. A manager accepts the status quo, while a leader challenges it.

Resourceful Manager, a website that offers information, training, and tools to supervisors trying to solve management and business problems, put together the following infographic that outlines 17 of the biggest differences between managers and leaders.

Natalie Walters contributed to an earlier version of this post.

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