Quick Test: Leader vs. Manager, Which Are You?

I huddled with a small group of executives recently and posed this question, “Are you a leader or a manager?”

Remember, leadership, titled or untitled, comes down to power with people— not power over people.

Leader vs. Manager

  • Managers have employees and people who work for them, leaders partner with team members.
  • Managers react to change, leaders adapt to change and often create good change.
  • Managers have a lot of meetings and talk about good ideas, leaders seize and implement ideas. Leaders’ meetings are focused, purposeful, and action oriented.
  • Managers communicate policies and procedures, leaders tell stories that persuade and inspire collective vision.
  • Managers direct, tell you what to do, and where to go, leaders create cohesive teams that “take hills and conquer the impossible.”
  • Managers share what they have accomplished, leaders make heroes and shine spotlights on accomplishments of personal leaders.
  • Managers let you know “they are in charge,” leaders exercise power with people— they serve, equip, and inspire others to greatness.

I encourage you to exercise your leadership today. Be the leader you always wanted to follow. Be that leader to your family, friends, and team.

Here’s to you— and your leadership!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.