Lion Managers Vs. Donkey Managers

'A group of donkeys lead by a lion is more productive than a group of lions lead by a donkey!'

This is a remarkable statement states how both on productivity and effective leadership go hand in hand.They say if you want to know why a manager is so successful, see how his sub-ordinates work.

 The two kind of leaders that I discuss in today's post are the Lions and the Donkeys.
  • They have empathy for the team members. Whenever a team member goes to the Lion with a problem, he first puts himself in the members shoes and then decide what the best decision would be.
  • They have long term goals, and plan for the future.
  • They understand that people are the most important asset of an enterprise.
  • They distributes authorities and ownership equally among the members. 
  • They have infinite patience and understands all the fingers are not equal. Some are short, while some are long.
  • Though they patiently considers the views of each and every party involved, they takes decisions of his own. 
  • They take the blame to their head for a failure and pat the back of an employee at time of success.
  • They are silent managers, not too aggressive, not too intimidated.
  • They ensure that employee aspirations and the management objective go hand in hand, while none is compromised.
  • They are an effective motivator and know how to handle difficult situations.
  • They know what to say and what to leave unsaid !
  • People respect them because of their deeds, behavior and decision making.
  • Most importantly, they are in a continuous educational program. They learn throughout their life.

Not surprisingly, a good manager is also a good person. 


  • They are moody, aggressive.
  • They never take their own decisions, and are intimidated by the upper management.
  • That have poor foresight, have faulty o no plans. 
  • They are afraid of taking ownership for decisions and therefore do not take the risk of taking important decisions.
  • They are only concerned about productivity and heed to word for personal preferences, objectives and aspirations.
  • They consider employees as commodities that can be bought, sold or traded.
  • They are ineffective at motivating and are poor at taking important decisions.
  • people respect them because of their position and fear.

A enterprise must be very selective and choosy while selecting a manager because not only the productivity, but also the careers and aspirations of subordinates depends on the manager !