Are You a Leader or a Manager?

This is a question that is sometimes a challenge for business.  Which one should it be, which is best?

The definition I like is:  Managers manage things; Leaders inspire people.

So which IS best?  Personally I would want a combination of both, although not easy to find.

Managers are necessary to keep the business flowing, to make sure the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed.  They ensure continuity of the day-to-day in business.  They take care of what needs to be done.

Leaders are the ones who develop the employees by setting them free, allowing mistakes, encouraging challenges to the norm.  They incubate new ideas, focus on the future.

The reason why it is difficult, although not impossible, to have the combination is they are usually two different personality preferences.  Managers tend to be Sensing (S), while leaders may be iNtuitives (N).

Personality Type does not define who we are, it can only indicate preferences as any type can do any job, and do it well.  It can only indicate where we might be more comfortable, where we might excel because we enjoy what we are doing.

A Manager can inspire the team, a Leader can manage the day-to-day.  Knowledge of personality type can help in developing a strong team and encourage them to excel in their preferences.

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About laurencerumming

Background in business management, in particular human resources. Business Management Certificate, Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, and Strong Interest Inventory®. "Our passion is to raise the potential of organizations and individuals through the understanding of human interaction in the workplace and in life."
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