This series on Management and Leadership is focused on the human side of leadership, management, the difference between the two, and the effects of both. For any organization to not only be best in class, be profitable, run effectively, but also be a place where employees desire to work, there must be leadership. Just because an individual is a manager, executive, and has the title, does not mean they are a leader. In other words, organizations need leaders to fill these positions to ensure a healthy, effective, communicative, team where employees can integrate, operate ethically, and be a social responsibly driven and followed environment inside and outside of the organization. The real fact is that many organizations lack leadership and therefore suffer in all of these areas.
What is the Difference between Leadership and Management
To better identify the difference between management and leadership, it is best to define both. A Forbes article does a great job defining Leadership – It is the maximization of others efforts, influenced by a social process, for goal achievement. As far as management, Merriam-Webster outlines as follows: It is when an individual makes decisions and controls their team, department, business, and so forth through their skills.
What Leadership is NOT
Kevin Kruse goes onto say some good points about what Leadership is not. They are as follows:
Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company.
Leadership has nothing to do with titles.
Leadership has nothing to do with personal attributes.
Leadership isn’t management.
What Do Other People Think Leadership Means
Other notable people go onto say some things about what they think leadership is. Read a few below:
Peter Drucker: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”
Warren Bennis: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
Bill Gates: “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
John Maxwell: “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.”
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