What is a Manager

Dictionary.com says: a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc.; a person who manages.

Businessdictionary.com says: An individual who is in charge of a certain group of tasks, or a certain subset of a company.  A manager often has a staff of people who report to him or her.

From my study and perspective, a manager does fit the definitions listed above, but there’s one glaring omission.  I’ll lead you to an excerpt from a book that I’ve written that speaks about this:

“A manager is a person that is in charge of a task or group of people. A manager is one who is responsible for making sure that the people that are under them do the work that needs to be done in order for their (the managers) objectives to be fulfilled at the expense of anyone else’s dreams and goals.  A manager is only interested in the growth of a person under them as long as they can control that growth and keep it within their sphere of influence.  The reason for this is because manager types don’t want any of their “subordinates” to rise to their level in rank or higher. 

Manger types often are insecure of anyone that shows the potential to do better then they can because that would mean that in their eyes this person is a threat to their position and aspiration.  This type will commonly deter and discourage others from attaining or pursuing: a management position in business; a work or idea to better their family; a path of reasoning that will lead to clarity; anything that will provide a creative solution to a problem that they will be unable to steal credit for as the solution is beyond what they are capable of coming up with.

Manager types are always reminding you of their position as well as the “power” and/or “authority” that they have over you.  I’ve heard it said this way; anytime someone has to constantly tell you what their title or position is, they really aren’t what they say they are, as a person that truly is in the position that they are in has no need or desire to remind everyone of it.  If you look at the origin of the word manager it comes from the Italian word maneggiare, which means to train/break a horse.  If you know anything about the process of breaking a wild horse, you know that the process is designed to break the spirit of the horse in order to make it subservient to its master.  Does that sound like any managers you know?”

With all of that being said, there is a clear difference between what a leader and a manager is, and believe it or not they are both needed.  We’ll go more into why in the last post of this series.

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