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Manager vs. Leader

Can a good manager be a good leader?

Can a manager be a leader?

Can a leader be a manager?

What is more important for leading/managing change: being a good leader or being a good manager?

What is more important to a business, good managers or good leaders?

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1. Can a good manager be a good leader?

A good manager can also be a good leader, if s/he has the characteristics and qualities of being a good leader, in addition to effective management skills. However, some great managers struggle with change and fail to be great leaders, while a great leader might fail to create a sense of stability in an organization and not measure up as a manager. For example, HBS professor David Thomas points out that "increasingly, the people who are the most effective are those who essentially are both managers and leaders." http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/2141.html

2. Can a manager be a leader?

This question is addressing the larger question of whether a leader is born ...

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This solution provides information and response to the five questions related to leaders and managers.