Unit 15
Manager vs. Leader

Workplace English/Workplace Communication


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

Do you think that the manager is automatically the leader? Why or why not?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. culled (v.) 選
She was culled amongst a hundred of people.

2. credentials (n.) 資歷
Your credentials are amazing!

3. eke (v.) 增加
She has been able to eke out small advantages.

4. brought her on board (phr.) 邀請共事
Mr. Glenn brought her on board yesterday.

5. akin to (phr.) 接近
Hiring her is akin to having an asset.

6. drove those numbers (phr.) 提高營業額
She drove those numbers well.

7. refined (adj.) 精煉
She has a refined way of speaking.


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

What do you think about this candidate for our new CFO? She was culled from a list of hundreds of applicants.

Let me take a look. Hmmm, she obviously has great credentials, but she seems more like a manager type than a true leader.

Let me take a look. Hmmm, she obviously has great credentials, but she seems more like a manager type than a true leader.

She’s impressive, there’s no doubt, but the sort of analytical and rational thinking needed to get those sorts of results isn’t what a leader needs. We need a dreamer.

I don’t follow.

A CFO is a leader. A leader is someone that needs to be able to dream big, to inspire others with their vision.

I’d say those profits she pulled in were pretty big!

Yes, but the way she went about it was more akin to someone with a skillset better suited to managers. Managers are more about practical thinking and controlling systems and structures, not re-inventing them.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s not capable of doing all that.

Of course not. But look at the details of how she drove those numbers: she refined and optimized existing structures and processes. A leader is someone who in that situation should eschew that in favor of trying to re-invent the wheel.

Re-invent the wheel? So now you’re saying we need a modern-day Da Vinci?

Hah, I meant it as a metaphor. What I mean to say is that we need someone that looks towards the horizon instead of the bottom line and is able to translate their Imagination into a vision that can energize a company’s workforce. People more suited to managerial positions are often not predisposed to that sort of extroverted, abstract thinking.

Hmmm, I see what you’re getting at. You know, my friends have often told me that I’m quite the dreamer and can lead groups wonderfully…

Hah! I had to beat you over the head with the differences between managers and leaders for you to understand, and now you’re saying that you’re the ideal charismatic abstract thinker for the position? Keep dreaming.



quite the

The word “quite” is often synonymous with the word “really”. Both words can be used to add emphasis to your expression. So, in this case, when we are saying something is “quite the [noun]”, we are emphasizing that it really is [noun].

1. She told me you had quite the party last night.

2. My daughter is quite the little reader: she’s already finished those 3 books we bought her for Christmas.

3. When your father was in university, he was quite the ladies’ man.

4. _______________________________________________________________.


Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.What do you think are the characteristics that a manager should have in order to be a better leader?