Among the thousands of books, articles, and diatribes written about overseeing employees usually comes the inevitable comparison of managers versus leaders. Usually, it’s the leaders who come out on top: Leaders are the ones depicted as revolutionary trailblazers inspiring others, while managers are the ones cracking whips and counting pennies.
But when it comes to successfully running a business or educating employees, it shouldn’t be a matter of leaders versus managers, but managers working with leaders. Sure, leaders score the lion’s share of respect when it comes to talent management, but without managers, leaders might not be able to lead as effectively. Understanding the key differences between leaders and managers gives you a better idea of their symbiotic connection–and how both are crucial to success.