Typical Organizational Hierarchy
Who does what within a company? There are many different positions, and many have overlapping responsibilities and degrees of complexity. Therefore, many people find themselves asking what the difference is between the different roles – lead vs. supervisor, supervisor vs. manager and manager vs. executive.
Generally speaking, there are six overarching levels of responsibility within an organization. Listed in order of increasing level of experience and accountability, these include junior employee, employee, lead employee, supervisor, manager, senior manager and executive.
Employees usually have the least amount of control over the entire organization’s success, but added together, they are cumulatively responsible for the main operations and production, which makes the general employee population critical success factors for a business. For this reason, companies appoint leads, supervisors, managers and executives to oversee the day-to-day operations and high-level functions of a business.
There are significant differences between the different levels of supervisorial/management positions, but this article focuses specifically on explaining the differences between supervisors and managers.