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Differences between being a manager and being a leader

"A project manage may need two skill sets to perform his/her job--those of a manager and those of a leader".

1) Differences. Conduct research to explain the differences between being a manager and being a leader. Provide advantages and disadvantages of both and/or circumstances where one may be better than the other.

2) Project Management: Discuss what are some aspects of a project manager's job that make it more demanding than the job of a manager working in a more routine organizational framework.

3) Findings: Your discussion should be typed as a mini-research paper,
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Differences between a manager and being a leader:

Managers have subordinates whereas leaders have followers. Managers have subordinates unless the title of a manager is given as a mark of seniority and is honorary, in which case, their power over others is other than formal authority. Many organizational leaders are also managers and they do have subordinates but they have to give up formal authoritarian control when they want to lead because following is always a voluntary activity and to lead is to have followers (Leadership vs. Management, n.d).

Managers have an authoritarian and transactional style in that the subordinates do what the manager tells him to do because they have been promised a reward for doing so. Subordinates work for the manager and they largely do what they are told to do because the managers have the authority vested upon them by the company. On the other hand, leaders have a transformational and charismatic style (Leadership vs. Management, n.d).

Leaders typically promise transformational benefits as part of their persuasion such that their followers will become better people and not just receive extrinsic rewards. Leaders with a strong charisma find it easier to attract people to their cause. Leaders have to show that following them will lead to their heartâ??s desire and have to appeal to the followers because telling people what to do does not inspire them to follow you (Leadership vs. Management, n.d).

Managers pass on work focus to their subordinates because they are paid to get tings done often within tight ...

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The differences between being a manager and being a leader are determined.