Is it possible for a manager to also be considered a leader, why or why not?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is definitely possible for a manager to be considered a leader.  In fact, it is almost imperative that a manager should also be able to lead.  This does not, however, mean that management and leadership are the same thing.  Instead, it means that managers have to act as leaders in some ways.

In general, management and leadership are not the same thing.  Leaders are supposed to be the visionaries in an organization.  By contrast, managers are supposed to be the people who take the visions set out by the leaders and implement them.  A leader is not the person whose job is to make sure that people are doing the right thing at the right time.  That is the job of a manager.  A leader gets people to trust them and to believe that their vision for the direction of the organization is correct.  By contrast, a manager’s job is to exert control over subordinates and to make sure that they are carrying out their jobs, regardless of what their feelings are about the overall direction of the organization.  In short, management and leadership are different things. 

However, managers cannot afford to be without leadership skills.  This is particularly true in today’s economy.  It may be that managers in places like fast food restaurants can get by without leadership skills.  Such people do not really need to inspire or to motivate their employees.  However, most people in management positions in today’s economy do have to inspire trust and loyalty in their subordinates.  Since so many jobs today are in services and in the white collar sector, it is not really possible for a manager to simply tell people where to be and what to do.  Instead, managers have to help get their subordinates to buy into the direction of the organization.  Managers need to help nurture their employees’ skills and get them to improve themselves.  These are tasks that are seen more as the province of leaders.

Thus, we can say that managers are not the same thing as leaders, but they definitely have to play a leadership role to go along with their management role.

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malkaam | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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A manager can definitely be considered a leader as one of their qualities is supposed to be leading; it is up to a manager to lead and motivate his employees for the betterment of the organization.

Also, it is manager's job to be responsible for the work being reported to him by his employees and therefore he has to lead them and direct them in a way that it is beneficial for them and for the organization.

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