Do you feel like there is a difference between a leader and a manager?
I ran across a great article, written by Robert Sutton, in the blog section of HBR about the use of the two words in today's business environment (link here) and the author makes the case that there is no difference - or that there should be no difference (always dangerous to use the s-word, I know).
Two key lines stood out to me that hearkened me back here to Manager Tools:
"In my reviews of the writings and research, I kept bumping into an old and popular distinction that has always bugged me: leading versus managing. ... Although this distinction is more or less correct, and is useful to a degree, it has unintended negative effects on how some leaders view and do their work."
"... this distinction seems to be used as a reason for leaders to avoid the hard work of learning about the people that they lead, the technologies their companies use, and the customers they serve."
I tend to agree with the article and believe that managers should view themselves as leaders, and leaders should view themselves as managers. What are others' thoughts?