Repost from 2012
We hear a lot about a leader or manager and usually those two areas of authority don’t intermix. However would it benefit a person to become a ManaLeader, someone who has both management and leadership skills? This would mean no matter your job or title you would be learning and applying both the skills of a manager and leader. Here are some thoughts on the role of a manager and leader:
Manager- A manager is someone who is in control of a working function to allow it to continue working well. It might be managing a team, project, or an entire organization or section of it. Henri Fayol said this about what a manager does, “To manage is to forecast and to plan, to organize, to command, to co-ordinate and to control.”
Leader- A leader is someone who leads others with influence. They influence others to see and purse a better tomorrow by having a clear vision and obtainable goals. Dwight D. Eisenhower said this about what a leader does, “Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.”
Author and speaker Stephen Covey says this about the topic, “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” This shows a person can and should have both management and leadership skills while in a position of authority. For now I stop writing about this topic to hear your thoughts.
Questions: Can someone become an effective ManaLeader, having both management and leadership skills. What do you think are some benefits to becoming a ManaLeader?