Management vs. Leadership Lesson Plan

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Guide your students through a quest to identify the qualities of a manager and leader. In doing so, students will differentiate and discuss real-world examples.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify the qualities of a manager
  • Identify the qualities of a leader
  • Differentiate between a manager and a leader


1 to 1.5 hours


  • chart paper
  • markers

Curriculum Standards

  • Please note that each state has different standards for management and leadership. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • Start by asking students what they know about leadership and management. Ask whether or not they believe all managers are leaders and ask them for reasoning. Put their ideas on the board or chart paper.
  • Play the video lesson Management vs. Leadership: The Difference Between a Manager & Leader, pausing at 3:06.
  • At this point, review the ideas listed based on the information delivered in the lesson. Do students still believe the same way they did when they gave their initial answer? Ask why or why not.


  • Divide students into small groups and pass out chart paper and markers to each group.
  • Next, ask each group to create a T-chart on their chart paper and to put the word manager on one side and leader on the other side.
  • Ask each group to list all the qualities of a manager under the word manager on the T-chart.
  • When groups finish writing, ask:
    • What are the four functions of a manager?
    • What is a manager's primary concern?

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