What Makes Leaders Different From Managers?

Everybody aspires to achieve a dream job and a great career in this world of competition and rat race. What if your role can make you a part of change and revolution within the organization? That is what we call Leadership and that is where a leader comes from.

What makes leaders different from managers?

As we all know managers are responsible for a specific job role like organizing, controlling, planning, and so on, but are all managers leaders? Unfortunately, that might not be true.

In an organization, employees are obligated to follow the managers in order to keep their job in check. A leader influences the others in the group and need not necessarily hold or occupy a managerial position. Simply put, a leader doesn’t have to be an authority figure in the organization; a leader can be anyone who is willing to go that extra mile for the benefit of a team or an organization. Unlike managers, leaders are not held responsible for their actions or they do not have any authority to hire, fire, or are accountable for their fellow employees.

What makes leaders different from managers is that a leader will follow their personality and beliefs.

Members of a Team are required to obey the orders of a manager but whereas leadership works on trust and motivation as they are not obliged to follow or obey the leader. Leadership needs a vision that needs to be change-savvy, adaptive which keeps the team and members motivated to perform for a better chance.

Managers are into achieving stability to control the situation and who instinctively try to resolve problems but in that churn of resolving a problem they sometimes lack vision and understanding the depth of the problem but when it comes to leaders they understand the situation fully and make sure that the team works better even in a most chaotic environment.

The leaders are the ones to organize people to accomplish tasks but in a motivational manner and not that people around them are obliged to follow the leaders but leaders create such an impact on the audience that the folks tend to get inspired by the leader.

 If you are thinking that a manager can never become a leader – that’s wrong! Leaders are not born, they are self-made – they are born through experience and motivation.

How do we differentiate a leader and a manager?

For a manager/boss, it’s about doing things right but for a leader, it’s about doing the right things.

Answer and solutions

Bosses might always have answers but leaders help us to get to an endpoint without losing the vision.

Good Listener 

To get to a solution we need to understand a problem. A boss might talk more than he would listen but a leader is a listener and would focus on what the team needs/wants, to understand the problem.


Manager’s job is just not to criticize but as we say constructive criticism is needed to help someone improve. But when constantly being told that they are doing wrong, a person gets demotivated and disengaged. Encouraging someone to improve and do their best invigorates employees to work harder and smarter and that’s exactly what leaders do.

Accountability and recognition

When things go wrong a good leader owns it up and shares the blame, and stands accountable for the mistakes the team does. A good leader is the one who shoulders the responsibility of the team’s actions.

 A leader will not point out your weaknesses and faults instead they identify your strengths and natural gifts and put together a team that can achieve their goals. A manager will look at the end result but a leader will inspire a performance.

Inspiring others to go above and beyond what is necessary is something only leaders can accomplish. A leader will always look to grow as a person and gain new insights and knowledge about their area of focus and that’s their personality, not some professional job.

While managers manage their team, a leader inspires them to innovate, think creatively, and strive for perfection. Every team has a boss, but what people need is a leader to lead towards revolution.