Are You a Leader or a Manager?

I first saw this list during a management training program at Hewlett-Packard. I've kept it over the years to remind me to be a leader and not just a manager. I also use it as a coaching tool for helping our clients' managers grow into future leaders.  As you can see from this list, there is a big difference between being a manager and being a leader.

A leader creates

A leader gives credit

A leader stimulates desire

A leader values people

A leader expects innovation

A leader prefers judgment

A leader expands liberty

A leader employs people

A leader welcomes criticism

A leader promotes others

A leader makes mistakes

A leader sees opportunity

A leader corrects himself

A leader acquires wisdom

A leader develops pride

A leader wants responsibility

A leader seeks a job

A leader sees through mirrors

A leader has faults

People Love to be led

Leading is extremely difficult

You make yourself a leader

A manager copies

A manager gives blame

A manager stimulates fear

A manager values procedures

A manager expects conformance

A manager prefers rules

A manager expands power

A manager employs objects

A manager welcomes praise

A manager promotes himself

A manager makes excuses

A manager sees problems

A manager corrects others

A manager acquires knowledge

A manager develops ego

A manager wants rights given to them

A manager seeks a position

A manager sees his own image

A manager is perfect

People hate to be managed

Managing is easy to do each day

Anyone can make you a manager

So... are you a Leader or Manager?