How is a leader different from a manager

Our Bureau Bangalore | Updated on February 27, 2011 Published on February 27, 2011

Mr. K. R. Upili, former Group Head and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens India at a lecture at the MATS Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship.

If you join an organisation with dreams, then do not allow negative thinkers there to shatter your dreams.

Delivering a lecture “Leadership – A view from HR” organised by the BL Club and sponsored by Syndicate Bank for the students of MATS Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Mr K R Upili, former group head and member of the managing board, Siemens India, said that profits must be the main focus of a company and it is said “everything is nothing without profits” and they as leaders must ensure that this task is attained.

He told the students that being a leader was not easy as they had to deal with people. “As you move into knowledge economy, you need to deeply connect with people whom you interact with,” he said.

Explaining the difference between a manager and a leader, Mr Upili said that a manager organises, structures, sets a goal, outlines rules and procedures and initiates activity. “Whereas leadership is bifocal and a leader seeks consensus, resolves conflicts and gives and takes information,” he said.

A manager focuses on the task while the leader focuses on maintenance. “Leaders should have situational sensitivity and style flexibility. They should act as per the situation and orient their working style. You need to have both task as well as maintenance orientations to become effective leaders,” Mr Upili said. He also shared with the students the “10 Commandments,” to develop an excellent relationship with their team and become effective leaders.

These are: “Be the most positive person you know and be candid and speak truthfully. Be on time to workplace and say please and thank you. Your approach must be ‘under promise, over deliver.' Leave people better than you found them and be friendly and caring. You also need to be a world-class listener and be passionately interested in people. Above all, you need to smile a lot and always treat people with respect,” Mr Upili added.

Mr S. P. Kulkarni, Chief Manager, Syndicate Bank, said that the bank was aggressively promoting its products for the youth especially “SyndVidya” and “SyndYuva” that helps students pursue their higher education. Mr N. V. H. Krishnan, Dean, MATS Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, was also present.

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Published on February 27, 2011
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