Source | Forbes.com.com | BY:Liz Ryan
A simple way to answer the question “What’s the difference between managing and leading?” is this:
Managing people means watching them to make sure they do what they’re supposed to do.
The concept of traditional supervision is rooted in the fear that working people will misbehave or make mistakes if someone isn’t watching them to make sure they don’t.
A manager marches backwards, watching their troops like a hawk in case somebody is marching incorrectly. They cannot look out over the horizon when they’re marching backwards!
A leader faces forward and marches confidently, assuming their troops will follow them because they trust their troops and themselves.