Warren Bennis is a well-known lecturer, writer, and theorist on management and leadership with a PhD in business administration. With an impressive career teaching the principals of business, management, and leadership spanning no less than 35 years many consider him a leading authority on the subject. He has been quoted as saying:
Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing.
The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
Good leaders make people feel they are at the heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When this happens, people feel centered, and that gives their work meaning.
These are just a few of the principals that Bennis teaches on the concepts of management and leadership (Wikipedia, 2006). Professor Bennis provides other additional insight into the differences between managers and leaders by saying such things as:
The focus of managers is on systems, while the focus of leaders is upon people.
Managers maintain, while