I do feel there is a difference between Managers and Leaders.
In my experience managers hold a position of authority. They are very task driven and organization focused. We know they are there but may not see them very often. Leaders on the other hand, work close to the team. They create a work environment that motivates staff, builds relationships and develops trust, loyalty and confidence. Confident “followers” have the best nurse-patient relationships.
I have been a leader in my nursing career before I took the position of “Lead” Nurse and I’m sure the rest of you have been to. From promoting positive attitudes, team building, teaching nursing students, orientating new staff, speaking on behalf of others (nurses and patients). The list could go on and on.