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The Manager Vs Leader Debate…..

Well? Are you a Manager or a Leader? Are you Managing your people or are you Leading them? Is their even a difference?

Let me briefly outline the main differences that are currently stereotyped…..

A Manager is purely task focused, they tell their people what to do and may rule with an iron fist. They have their people work for them.

A Leader is someone with person-centred thinking, listens to their people and leads by example, encouraging their people with an open-mind…..

Simply put a Leader has Followers… A team who wants to follow them. You can NOT be a leader without followers.

So how do we lead our people instead of manage them? Well this is something that doesn’t happen over night. (I know… I know… I’m sorry… I don’t make the rules) Leadership is developed into workplace culture. Through learnings of emotional intelligence, team dynamics and gaining an understanding of not only our behaviours but the behaviours of our team.

I will finish by asking what do you think of the quote below….?

When I talk to Managers I get the feeling that THEY are important. When I talk to Leaders I get the feeling that I am important.



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