Unit 2 Discussion: Effective Managers and Leaders
You've probably learned by now that all leaders are not managers and all managers are not leaders. While managers are concerned with the day to day operations and with meeting a firm's goals and objectives, leaders are concerned with long term vision. Managers plan, organize, staff, budget and solve problems. Leaders inspire and motivate to produce change, change that meets long term strategies. Leaders influence the thoughts, emotions and actions of other people.
Leaders can come from any position or level in a business or company - from senior level management all the way to the lowest level employee. We often think that people are "born leaders." While there are some charismatic people who have natural abilities and powers to motivate and inspire, leadership skills can be learned! While we might not be able to change basic personality, we all can learn certain skill sets that help us to be leaders.