The role of leaders and managers within organizations has been one of the most debated issues over the year. There are two viewpoints in this regard that have been noted by several theorists.
The prevailing viewpoints would be either managers being leaders or leaders casting their own designation ahead of managers. Managers and leaders have their significant roles to be played and both have interlinked responsibilities and job duties within organizations. There is a thin line of similarity between the tasks of leaders and managers when it comes to organizational performance. This paper discusses the role of managers and leaders to understand the distinction between the viewpoints and to explain the relation of each in terms of organization.
As per the evaluation of the specification of a leader, creative dynamism is mostly required for a leader to have in order to work effectively for an organization. This indicates the role of leader for providing aspiration for the company employees. A leader has to manage the organizational work flow but also has to introduce new strategies that are beyond the estimated work goal of employees and managers. On the other hand, a manager is one individual who needs to be effective multi-tasking pillar of the organization. The duties of a manager include the traffic control of organizational activities and keeping the flow of information updated for interrelated aspects of productivity (Yukl, 2010). Most often, it has been noted that people confuse between designations of manager and leaders within organizations. It is not incorrect to claim that managers have to follow certain traits depending upon the expected virtues of the manager designation within the organization. But a leader is one who has to lead the workforce.
Managers are to be counted in that workforce being led by the leaders. It is because managers are vested in certain power or authority by the board or chairman. This means that the manager can make use of his or her authority to certain limits making it evident that he or she is able to achieve his / her targeted level of management because this designation is prone to be shuffled with other employees of the organization whereas leaders have an eminent placement in the organization and are probable of managing the risk by toil and moil (Yukl, 2010). It shall be noted that most elevated perspective in the corporate world is that all managers are leaders. However, it shall be noted that there is a vast difference between leader and other individuals working in the organizations. An example to understand this conceptual difference it would be interesting to assume a corporate scenario where a leader presents an idea or abstract to the company. It could also be considered as a vision of the leader to seek lowered risk levels for the company and higher profits.
In comparison, the manager carried out the administrative services to actually work on the abstract and turn it into an effective process for development of the organization. This is typically done under the guidance and direction of the leader. This clearly justifies that the role of leaders and managers from each other by large (Yukl, 2010). The above noted example does not at all confirm that leaders are mere bodies of providing vision for the company. Leaders have higher responsibilities as they have to lead the organization and individuals working in them. Leaders are the only entity that would be casted as a different portion of an organization.
Rest of the individuals are considered as the follower base of leaders. Thus, it becomes equally important to understand that both the designations have their respective duties and responsibilities.
Yukl, G. (2010).
Leadership in organizations. New Jersey: Upper Saddle.