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Traits of Managers versus Leaders

A helpful way to look at the difference between management and leadership is to look at actionable words or verbs that often separate the two.   Below are some typical words that can be associated with each.


  • Short-term focus
  • Objectives
  • Controls
  • Tracks
  • Organizes
  • Follow the rules
  • Authority
  • Reactive
  • Transactional
  • Who did it?


  • Long-term focus
  • Vision
  • Unleashes passion in others
  • Creates change environment
  • Creates safe environment
  • Colors off the page
  • Charismatic
  • Pro-active
  • Relationship driven
  • Why not?

Again, in a well organized world both managers and leaders are necessary.  Sometimes you can move from manager to leader or from leader to manager.  A Success Habit– in most cases-is to remain in one place or the other for the majority of your time.

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Judy W Bell

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