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Leaders and managers

I've been asked to differentiate between leaders and managers. Do they all need the seven foundation competencies which are: managing self; managing communication; managing diversity; managing ethics; managing across culture; managing terms; managing change? If so, how are they different? If not, why not?

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Yed, it is indeed true that both managers as well as leaders need the seven foundation competencies in order to successfully perform their functions. The difference between the two lies in the execution and usage of these competencies to achieve desired results. For example, even though both managers and leaders manage change, a leader is expected to perform a much greater role in the change management process as compared to a manager in the sense that he is expected to use his leadership qualities such as charisma and influence to effectively bring such changes.

Let us now examine why these two roles are very different from each other inspite of the common foundation competencies.

Leadership is just one of the many assets a successful manager must possess. Managers think incrementally, whilst leaders think radically. "Managers do things right, while leaders do the right thing." This means that managers do things by the book and follow company policy, while leaders follow their own intuition, which may in turn be of more benefit to the company. A leader is more ...

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I've been asked to differentiate between leaders and managers. Do they all need the seven foundation competencies which are: managing self; managing communication; managing diversity; managing ethics; managing across culture; managing terms; managing change? If so, how are they different? If not, why not?

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