Bennis’s theory of Leaders versus Managers



Bennis’s theory of Leaders versus ManagersLeaders vs. Managers 领导者与管理者 lǐngdǎozhěyǔguǎnlǐzhě

The manager administers; the leader innovates.

The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.

The manager maintains; the leader develops.

The manager accepts reality; the leader investigates it.

The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.

The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

The manager has her eye always on the bottom line; the leader has her eye on the horizon.

The manager imitates; the leader originates.

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is her own person.

The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.


Bennis, W 2010, Learning to Lead 4th Edition [Kindle Edition], 4 edn., Basic Books, New York, Amazon Digital Services.


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1 comment to Bennis’s theory of Leaders versus Managers

  • David Petersson

    Cream always comes to the top – identify and spend time with these ones – develop them into managers then leaders.

    Encourage the middle performers and counsel the lower performers on their careers elsewhere.

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