The probable origin of the word manager comes from the Latin ‘manus’, meaning “hand.” A good manager provides the necessary “hand,” guiding others.

The Italian “maneggiare means ” to control,” and was especially used with reference to training horses, a job for which certain managers you’ve worked for might be better suited.

The road to Extraordinary leadership, requires, besides Acute self-awareness, the basic understanding of the difference between Management and Leadership

The main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them, while managers have people who work for them. As an entrepreneur or business owner, the need to be both an effective leader and manager to get your team  to buy in and walk your path with you towards your VISION, will lead to success.

Are Leaders born or made? – There are many theories and debates about this. Having coached leaders, my conclusion is, a bit of both, with certain innate natural talents of how one thinks and behaves,  Leadership can be learned by training, perception, practice and experience over time. Leadership learning is lifetime activity and we all have the ability to lead, but not all of us have the desire to lead beyond that.

Holding a top-level position/title or being the person with the highest degree, does not necessarily make you an effective leader and being lower down the hierarchical ladder, does not mean that you do not have the ability to lead.

Management and Leadership both aim to achieve the objectives of organisation, however the required competencies are not the same. There is a place for both in organisations, understanding that effective management does not mean effective leadership and vice versa.

Management is about doing things right, Following the rules and knowing how to execute. Managers effectively delegate work, manage timelines, and focus on meeting deadlines.

Leadership is about doing the right things, they have a vision and know how to inspire a team to go above and beyond. Their level of Emotional Intelligence (of prime importance in Extraordinary Leadership), will enable them to draw the best out of each team member that they lead, inspiring them to do what they do best every day.

Research shows, that teams motivated by leaders, perform better than those that are too heavily controlled by a manager.

Managers are a necessary part of any organization, but leaders will take organisations to the next level.