Tips on how to be a leader rather than a manager

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Stellenbosch Business School's Babita Mathur-Helm about the difference between a leader and a manager.

She says a leader is someone who cares for the people he or she works with and focuses on the growth and development of employees.

Instead of micromanaging people and controlling people's action and behaviour, they try to help people work independently and think for themselves.

Babita Mathur-Helm, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch Business School

There is a lot of guidance and support from the leaders side towards employees.

Babita Mathur-Helm, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch Business School

Are leaders born or taught?

Mathur-Helm says people can be developed to become effective leaders. The journey to become a leader is a tough one, says Mathur-Helm.

"It's a journey of personal growth and self exploration".

If you are aware that you are a more controlling and authoritative leader, you are going to destroy the spirit and charm of your people and that you will not want to do purposely.

Babita Mathur-Helm, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch Business School

But that is a personal choice that you want to become an effective leader or you want to remain as a boss.

Babita Mathur-Helm, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch Business School

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