LDR 531 Week 1 - DQ's - 7791

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What is the difference between managers and leaders? Is it possible to be an effective manager but not an effective leader? Provide examples.

 

I have always believed thata leader uses innate talents, experience, knowledge and personal charisma in life and work related situations and a manager uses learned knowledge, experience and promotion to advance in a profession or to solve day to day issues at work or with employees.

Managers should have leadership skills to be able to inspire and guide their employees with their vision but I strongly believe that not all managers are leaders. A manager orders his employees what they are supposed to do, a leader has that something that makes employees want to follow him. 

I strongly think that good leaders are made not born. I said this on my bachelor’s class of leadership and it caused a lot of controversy. I think that if you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.

 According to (Carl Rogers, 1997), a researcher in people behavior, “leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills.”

(Bass, 1989)“theory of leadership states that there are three basic ways to explain how people become leaders. The first two explain the leadership development for a small number of people.” These theories are:

  • Some personality traits may lead people naturally into leadership roles. This is the Trait Theory.
  • A crisis or important event may cause a person to rise to the occasion, which brings out extraordinary leadership qualities in an ordinary person. This is the Great Events Theory.
  • People can choose to become leaders. People can learn leadership skills. This is the Transformational Leadership Theory. It is the most widely accepted theory today and the premise on which this guide is based.

I believe is not possible to be an effective manager without leadership skills given the fact that managers need to instruct others, inspire, get their respect, make sure they do their job but at the same time guide them through any situation, etc.

 

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What is the difference between managers and leaders? Is it possible to be an effective manager but not an effective leader? Provide examples.

 

I have always believed