‘Leader’ and ‘Manager’ are both very commonly used words in the world of organizations, sometimes interchangeably. In a way it makes sense to call managers ‘leaders’ and not other way around, as managers do lead their respective teams towards identified goals. However, if we are to make a closer inspection to determine the subtle difference between a leader and a manager, we need to highlight that ‘identified goals’ are only a part of the mechanism that works towards completing the ‘bigger picture’. This ‘bigger picture’ is the business vision or long term goals that A leader ideates. A leader is the keeper of these long term goals and he/she leads the teams to meet them.
However, what is interesting is- the journey from a start up to a successful business enterprise leads to changing of the status quo. Which means- a leader must manage his/her teams (like a manager) and managers must lead the teams through solving problems and aligning team efforts towards achievement of bigger goals.
So, does it means that leaders and managers are the same? Well, Not really. To identify the difference, we need to know how managers operate or how they contribute in an organization.
We are generally more interested in what business leaders do, than what they do not. We try to structure their dos into our habits and ideologies and follow them to reap success of our own. However, we seem to forget that knowing what they do is just half of the map, while the other half lies in understanding what they actively avoid doing. This is actually a set of safety measures gathered from experiences deriving from their business careers or knowledge extracted from other business entities. So, learning about what they avoid doing can complete your business operation method and make you better at leading businesses.
As an entrepreneur, when you are trying to create your business from scratch, and have found something excessively simple yet unseen to the world, it is your sacred responsibility to yourself and the world to make your everyday productive. It is how you can help your fragile and precious business dream to grow, spread, and find the form that will change the world in a certain manner.
While on such a noble pursuit, an entrepreneur must make certain changes to his/her daily actions, to maintain focus on the goal, side-lining distractions.