Unfortunately, these words are often used interchangeably because of the two (2) underlying themes (responsibility and control) present in both terms. Because both roles (Leader and Manager) require and yield varying degrees of responsibility and control, the terms and roles are often confused.


At the CLD we concur with the distinctions offered by leadership author Warren Bennis and further argue that the differences are essentially a matter of perspective, desire, and development.


Armed with the necessary technical competencies to perform, managers are concerned with accomplishing the goals and objectives given to them by their Leaders. Oftentimes, their perspective is narrowly focused on a prescribed process and includes maintaining the status quo. As such, they manage resources (human, financial, technological, intellectual, etc.) and projects with a short-term range of vision.


After a period of continuous learning, goal mastery, capacity building, and achieving results, the manager, if desired, earns elevation into leadership.


Conversely, leaders are visionary and more broadly focused on leveraging ALL resources and opportunities to achieve and maintain global competitiveness and long-term success. They understand and appreciate the role and value of each team member and works to develop them from within.


As stated by Sharilyn Franklin, Executive Director of CLD, “Leadership is a function of knowing oneself, having vision, building trust, using good judgment, getting results, and taking purposeful action to encourage and empower others.”


Hence, the most effective leaders are continuous learners who know how to purposefully align the passions and desires of individuals with the performance goals and expectations of the organization.

Essentially, professional development is a continuous effort to do more, better.  It is underscored by the perspective that success is a journey as opposed to a destination and requires varying degrees of energy and effort.  Reaching, Stretching, Striving, Expanding, Enduring, Believing, Accepting, and Persevering are ALL required, continuously to achieve the pinnacle of success.
Sharilyn Franklin PhD

CLD programs and learning modules are designed to meet participants where they are while assessing their current areas of strength.  Afterwards, the process of Equipping them begins.  Participants are given the tools needed to thrive in their current position before being stretched and Exposed to all required sensibilities needed on the climb.

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