From a manager to a leader

by Ashvini on February 2, 2012 · 9 comments

in General,Leadership,Management,Managing Team effectively

A manager’s job is to manage employees and resource in order to achieve the organization goals.

A typical manager has to follow everyday plan,check daily targets and then work towards achieving them.Also he/she needs to set up targets for employees. Once his/her and team’s targets are met he may or may not strive beyond them.

However, intense competition and customer desire to get complete solutions is forcing organizations a rethink.

In the increasing complex world, being a manager is just not enough. Thing are constantly evolving, changing the workplace permanently. Competitors catch up easily. Technological changes are causing disruptions in meeting the targets.

As a solution, management needs to be substituted by leadership. A manager often leads team of specialists and they need more than just management.

Manager needs to become a facilitator. He/She needs to make sure that obstacle to producing excellent work are removed. He/She needs to inspire  his team member perform beyond their comfort zones. For that probably he/she needs to get in the field and listen to them.

Manager needs to become a leader. Leadership is not a skill that can taught in a college. A person can learn about the theory but its implementation comes from hard work,developing a vision and inspiring people.

A leader develops his vision when he drops the boundaries that hold him and his team from performing the best.

A team that has a leader often comes up with the product that beats expectation. They complete work before time and are not afraid of taking challenges.

The leader also help create more leaders from his team . The leader knows his team well people tick and to motivate them.

Managers control. Leaders inspire. Become one.

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Mark May 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Ashvini you shared some powerful insights!

As in both reading and re-reading this particular post, a blog titled and series came to me: “Why you shouldn’t confuse a management position with being a leader!”

Because clearly (as you so expertly pointed out), there a world of difference between the two!

Thank you for writing an excellent thought provoking blog post!

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Adrienne February 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more Ashvini, I believe more companies would be run so much more proficient if managers inspired their team and were there for them when they just needed advice or assistance.

I’ve worked under too many people who openly admitted not being good managers but were forced into the position. Just because you have a manager’s position doesn’t make you a good leader.

Great points you shared Ashvini, as I never expected less from you my friend.

Thank you!


Aswani February 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

Great post Ashvini. Very inspiring..! I have seen many people being confused over both these terms. There lies a huge difference between a manager and a leader. A leader can have traits of a manager but to find a manager with leadership skills is very rare. It is the same case here too. From what I know, a leader must be visionary. A leader doesn’t make any follower, instead he/she gains them with trust building over a period of time. A leader leads while a manager manages things which are under him/her. A lot can be written but I think it shouldn’t be difficult to understand..!

Ashvini February 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hi Aswani,
I am glad that you liked the post. I too have met a very few managers who actually inspire. In my opinion, the ideal manager knows his team very well and lead them to produce the best quality products. Trust is thus very important.

Thanks for your comment :) and have a great day.

Bryce Christiansen February 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I like this.

What a great way to show how managers become leaders. There’s a big difference. I had many a manager who were not great leaders.

They lacked that ability to inspire. People did there job more out of fear or habit than out of inspiration from their boss.

Good points.


Ashvini Kumar Saxena February 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hi Bryce,

This reminds of a training once I took. The participants rued about how managers were not doing the right things. The trainer told us that we need to change that when we take on the management role. How true he was.
I too have rarely met people who inspire others. Even if they have got all the right skills , they are rarely made managers because it is difficult for seniors to manipulate them to fall in line.

Thanks for your comment once again :)

Sonia February 3, 2012 at 4:39 am

Leaders also need to know how to inspire. Too many times I have worked with individuals that either micro-managed you or treat you like you were 2 yrs old. Granted the jobs weren’t the best, but true leaders take pride in their work too. Often you find some that hate their job and it spills over in how they manage their team.

People can pick up on if your life is miserable because you end up bringing it to work. I can’t count how many “short man” syndromes I ran across in my life and they were the worst to work under. Being a team player is one thing, but working under stressful people is entirely different story. My take away is learning what not to do and how to create environments that make for a happy team.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena February 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Hi Sonia,

You raised an important point. People often bring the problems of their household to office. In my opinion to a certain extent it might be okay but when repeated often looks very unprofessional. People need to manage themselves first before they start managing others.

Micro-management is the worst form of management, especially when it prevents employee from contributing in a positive way. I have had my shares of them and it is really not a good situation.

Its good to see you back :) and thanks for your comment

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