A quote from a graduation commencement given by Hugh W. Nibley in the 80's came to mind when I read this topic. He states,
"Leaders are movers and shakers, original, inventive, unpredictable, imaginative, full of surprises that discomfit the enemy in war and the main office in peace. For the managers are safe, conservative, predictable, conforming organization men and team players, dedicated to the establishment."This statement puts the two positions on opposite ends of the spectrum.
I do believe that we need both types, and that a mix of these qualities are necessary. It can be quite easy to slip into solely managing and forgetting to lead. Leaders historically are those who rally for the rights of the people, who fight for equality. Managers are those who seek for power, perks, and promotion.
George Washington was a God-sent leader for the independence our country. After the revolutionary war, the people naturally wanted him to become the leader of the country. He did not seek after this position, but humbly accepted it, and only for a time. He could have gone on as President for more than two terms, but he recognized the dangers of creating a position of power that was not restrained by time and would have given fewer people the opportunity to lead.
In the end I think that leaders need managerial skills; but if that leadership turns into a desire to be over other people for the sake of holding a higher position, something needs to change.
(For the full text of Bro. Nibley's talk visit here.)