Define the difference between a manager’s mindset and a leader’s mindset.

DISCUSSION #1
This week, we look at leadership from the manager’s perspective and explore the differences from looking at leadership from a leader’s perspective.  Managers focus on process, procedure, and implementation of the organization’s purpose.  A manager’s perspective is about getting the job done and keeping stability.  The leader’s mindset is about change and moving workers toward the organization’s vision.  The area of overlap comes in terms of the need to use “soft or people skills” to get their job done.  It is said that a manager motivates while a leader empowers.
In the following five quotes each leader is commenting on the perspective of a manager in an organization as opposed to a leader.
Define the difference between a manager’s mindset and a leader’s mindset.
Using the readings for the week, reflect and explain the meaning of each quote.  and how each quote relates to a manager’s or leader’s mindset.
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
Peter Drucker
“Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.”
Russell Honore
“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.”
Warren Buffett
“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”
Paul Hawken
“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.”
Lee Iacocca

Student 1: Csilla Tyson
In my understanding the leaders are managers, but managers are not necessarily leaders. The manager makes sure that the tasks are executed as needed while leader studies the suburbanites’
behavior to be able to choose effective leading techniques. (Management Function, – Leading)
While both roles are needed in the life of the organization, it is important not to mix them up.

Based on this week’s reading material I would summarize the basic differences as follows:
The leader focuses on the vision of the company, the bigger picture, the future while the manager’s focal point is to find the best tactics to achieve these visions while completing adequate daily work.
The leader relays on the work of the management team.
The leader motivates, inspires the management force, and the management will influence the workforce.
The leader tends to take risks while the manager sticks to the plan. –> I can relate to this point. I work as a Reservations Manager at a Hotel; I am very careful to make sure to manage the inventory correctly to avoid overbooking situation while the owner, the leader often accepts additional reservations causing me some last-minute headaches.
But at the end of the day the leader is the one who is in charge of the entire organization, while me, as the reservation manager, I am only in charge of my department and team. (Kerr)

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” (Peter Drucker)
The leader keeps the company’s mission and goals in mind, implement standards that the managers with the right tools will communicate to the subordinates to complete the tasks.

“Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.” (Russell Honore)
The leader focuses on the future of the company, while the management with tools, such as data, results, and manpower works towards the mission set by the leaders.

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” (Warren Buffett)
If I interpret well, Warren Buffett highlights the importance of reputation in the business. It is not enough for success to have fantastic managers as its reputation judges a business. For that reason, it is important that not only the managers but the everyone within the organization understand the mission.

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.”(Paul Hawken)
The good manager is a brilliant teacher to its subordinates, so even the problematic tasks can be completed without difficulties.

“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” (Lee Iacocca)
The management needs to have the right tools to get through the people to execute tasks to achieve the organization vision.
References:

Kerr, J. Leading vs. managing: 10 important things that can help you out. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com

Leading. Management Function. Retrieved from http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Log-Mar/Management-Functions.html#ixzz411wrnCRJ
STUDENT 2: Alicia Marte
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

A manager’s mindset is primarily based on doing what’s right for the company, playing by the rules.  While leaders are mostly concerned with the well being of the people.

“Leadership is working with goals and vision; management is working with objectives.” – Russell Honore

Since management needs to get results, hard copy results, they can’t just depend on risk-taking or visions as leaders do.

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” –  Warren Buffett

A strong management with a strong back bone will be able to conquer difficult tasks.  A business that already had bad economics will be considered like so because of its history, but with the works by the new management, it’s reputation shall change, along with the employees view in the business.  Leaders need to encourage that will for change.

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.” – Paul Hawken

Some employees love the challenges that come with the job, and ways of finding a constructive solution adds to the excitement and thrill of their job.  Management bring an incentive in finding those constructive solutions, while leaders act as their cheerleaders.

“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” – Lee Iacocca

Management must maintain the flow of their organization, while leaders will just implement a new change.

Leaders spark the changes while management maintain the changes.  A manager’s mindset is primarily based on doing what’s right for the company, playing by the rules.  While the leader act as the cheerleader, trying to get the imagination juices of the employees working, to get their point across.

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