This point is so important we’ve made it twice (via Drucker and Hopper, of course) – management and leadership are not the same thing. This week’s featured quotes from our top 15 are:

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

“You manage things; you lead people.” – Grace Murray Hopper

So, how do you tell which is which? Are you a leader? A manager? Both? What does it all mean?!

Luckily, Discovery Performance have prepared a handy cheat-sheet to help you tell the difference between the two roles:






Focused on people

Focused on processes/things


Encouraging and developing others

Telling others what to do


Emphasis on the bigger picture

Emphasis on the day-to-day functions


Flexible, adaptable, agile

Rigid, rule-following


Defined by attitude and behaviour

Defined by workplace hierarchy

Of course, any short description of the differences between leadership and management has to include generalisations – not all managers are rigid rule-followers, after all – but this leads us to the heart of the leader vs. manager debate.

Both are essential to business success, but there is one crucial difference: not all leaders are managers, but all managers should be good leaders. This distinction is the reason that all of our leadership training is aimed at developing what we call the ‘leader-manager’; a manager who shows strong leadership skills as well as day-to-day efficiency and competency. We believe that this is the best way to create sustainable leadership development to help you achieve your business goals.

Written by Florence Sturt-Hammond