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Leaders Vs Managers: Know The Difference

A manager can monitor your performance, coach you and even reprimand or recommend to promote you, but that doesn’t make them a leader.

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People and companies are often confused when it comes to differentiating between leadership and management. They often overlap but are sometimes used incorrectly and get randomly interchanged from time to time.

They are two vastly different things and it is critical to know the difference. Here are some points that I like: A manager can monitor your performance, coach you and even reprimand or recommend to promote you, but that doesn’t make them a leader.

A leader may have your full attention and maybe the biggest advocate for the company vision but they may not be a manager nor even your superior. The truth is that there are no absolutes when it comes to these two terms. They often coexist in people, but they vary in how they are split from person to person.

A manager’s obligations are measurable and they are usually official title holders whereas leaders are more concerned with some key intangibles like visions, cultures and development.

What is your personal experience with these terms? Are you a leader or a manager or both and how do you justify your response?

Boss A wants to know your side of the story.

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Apollo Angco
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Old-School "UNFLUENCER", Apollo brings over 30 years of invaluable sales and operations experience. This Filipino-Canadian has global experience in six countries including finance, music & entertainment, sports, IT, and digital marketing. Follow him on LinkedIn.

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