Management vs. Leadership
Are management and leadership the same thing? While the two words complement one another, management and leadership aren't the same and shouldn't be used interchangeably. Managers can be leaders and leaders can be managers, but not all managers are leaders. Leaders lead both their direct reports and those that don't report to them. How? Through encouragement and inspiration – and receive a lot of trust from the team or organization they “lead.” Managers manage process, oversee the people completing the process and while they also require trust from the group they “manage,” it's in a slightly different way.
There are two main areas that stand out in demonstrating the difference between the two:
The People (i.e. your team): Both a leader and a manager work with people every day. However, for a leader, the team is the reason a vision is created, and the reason a vision is attained or a project is successful. For a manager, the team is the way to accomplish a task or complete a project. See the difference?
The Vision: Leaders create the vision and then help their team or organization see the vision that they believe in. They communicate to gain the team's buy-in in order to achieve that vision. Managers help people work towards the vision by identifying projects, goals and tasks necessary to move in the direction of the vision. They also make sure things stay on track so goals are met. Both managers and leaders work with the vision, but their roles in the strategy, communication and alignment of it are different.
A successful organization requires both management and leadership presence to achieve goals. While management skills can be learned, leadership skills must be developed. I have a quote strategically placed where I can see it every day – it helps remind me of what it means to be a leader. It’s a great reminder to anyone working on their leadership skills:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams
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