Leaders lead people. Managers manage tasks. There is a difference.
No one wants to be managed or supervised. Those terms have the connotation that someone isn’t capable of working without someone being there to ensure they work properly. People want to be inspired and motivated to work and perform well.
Leadership is a difficult quality to define but one that is essential to the success of any team or organisation. Leadership is about the passion, the motivation and desire to get something done. It requires a vision for the future, an ability to see what’s going on right now and personal qualities that bring others to follow you.
As a leader you will be wearing both the leader’s hat and the manager’s hat. It’s part of your role to figure out which hat to wear on which occasion. There’s no doubt that sometimes you will need to make sure processes are followed, work is completed and reports are done (managerial tasks) and there are other times when you will be helping your team get behind the vision, discover their values and need to draw on their strengths (leadership).