Continuing with the Tempo and Rhythm of Managers and Leaders, a break down of the main traits are noted here.  Remember, both Managers and Leaders are needed in any organization.

The Manager  (Tempo = Pace)
Functions of Management: Subordinates follow because they are obligated due to title or designation.  Manager traits include:

  • Directing
  • People Focus
  • If a manager is also a leader, they adequately demonstrate leader behaviors.
    • Communication
    • Motivation
    • Inspiration and guidance
    • Encouraging employees to rise to a higher level of productivity

The Manager’s focus is to meet organizational goals and objectives.  They are held responsible for their own actions and the actions of their subordinates. Authority is offered with the title and often includes the privilege to promote, hire, fire, or reward subordinates based on performance and behavior.

Subordinates are required to obey orders from the Manager.  Following the person willingly is optional.

The Manager is measured on


  • Develops/creates roadmap
  • Team follows the roadmap provided


  • Day-to-day events and expectations
  • Reviews who is available and has the skillset
  • Anticipates changes along the way


  • Assumes authority to establish work rules, standards, processing, and operating procedures

Focusing on People

  • Listens to their subordinates
  • Involves others in some key decisions
  • Accommodates reasonable requests for change
  • Pushes for increased performance
  • Monitors performance


The Leader supports (Rhythm = Progression)
Special Note:  Some leadership skills come naturally, and others must be learned to become the great leader.
Functions of Leader: people follow as a choice.  Leader’s traits include:

  • Having and Communicating Vision
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Communication Skills
  • Ability to Challenge

The Leader measures themselves with


  • Personal – Knows themselves ethically and morally. Because of their stance, they can determine where they want/need to go and usually involves others in charting a future path and direction.
  • Organizational/Department “ Knows and communicates the direction of the organization/department in a compelling manner.

Honesty and Integrity

  • Others believe them
  • Others walk by the leader’s side (not behind)
  • Others willingly follow down the path the leader sets, or at least with trust in the leader
  • Leaders lead by example with behaviors and words to build the culture desired
  • Leaders lead by example (consciously and subconsciously)


  • Inspires by keeping others informed
  • Inspire by actively listening to others
  • Help colleagues to understand their own roles in a distinctive context

Communication Skills

  • Keeps others informed regarding the present and the future
  • Shares potential or actual obstacles standing in the way
  • Uses the collaboration model to build buy-in (GRR)

Ability to Challenge

  • Challenges situations and people to exceed the status quo
  • Applies their communication style for problem solving with others
  • Thinks inside the box for solutions
  • Thinks outside-the-box for solutions

We have introduced you to some of the characteristics and differences of good managers and leaders.   Finding both qualities in the same person is like winning the grand prize.

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