Lead on Purpose

Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management

Are you a leader or a manager?

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Business owners and entrepreneurs are often asked this leader vs. manager question regarding their management style. For many, these two words are synonymous; both are important for motivating people to work towards a common goal. Each is different, yet both roles have their place in a well-functioning organization.

Leader or Manager

While it can be confusing to differentiate the two, it still stands that being a manager does not automatically make one a leader, and vice versa. In fact, there are a lot of differences between these two — most notably, in the way they motivate their people to work towards their common goal. The way they execute will set the overall tone for the work they do.

Knowing your management style is useful to help you assess how your team is currently doing under your organization. This infographic will help you figure out your style—leader or manager—and where the skills of your team best fit into your company’s success.

Leader or Manager Here Are the Differences

This infographic was provided by Healthy Business Builder.

Questions: Is your style more of a leader or manager? When does one make more sense over the other? Please leave a comment in the space below.


The Product Management Perspective: Product managers often must play both a leadership and management role. You need to lead out on getting the teams you work with up to speed on the new product they’re building. Then, as projects move forward, you need to manage the work to assure it’s completed. Working with development, sales, marketing, operations and other teams requires a careful balance of leadership and management.

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