Are leading and managing two different things? They are, if you ask executives whose companies made the Inc. 500, our annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.
Whereas managing requires good organizational skills, leadership takes things one step further, to set the vision or overall strategy of a company. A leader envisions what the company should be; a manager maps out how to get there. Of course, the two tend to overlap. As Simon Sinek has noted, good managers and leaders must do three things well: view their employees as individuals, act selflessly, and take care of others. It doesn't hurt if you're also unfailingly calm, making you trustworthy in times of stress.
The graphic below shows where CEOs stand on the issue: