A leader is someone who guides and inspires a group of people towards a common goal, while a manager is someone who is responsible for organizing and coordinating the work of a group of people.
Leaders tend to focus on vision, strategy and motivation while managers tend to focus on day-to-day operations, budget, and execution. Leaders tend to be proactive, visionary and tend to have a “big picture” mindset. Managers tend to be reactive, process-oriented, and tend to have a more tactical mindset.
Both leadership and management are important for the success of an organization and both roles require different skillsets. A leader without the ability to manage can have a great vision but lack the ability to execute, while a manager without the ability to lead can have great process but lack the ability to inspire and motivate.
It is important for organizations to have a balance of both leadership and management skills in order to be successful.