Management vs Leadership (pt2)

T. Fairhurst wrote:
I am not sure what management actually is or what it means. Someone “Managing” sounds like a form of slow torture. Leadership on the other hand is totally different. Throughout history people follow leaders, are inspired by leaders. I think management is implementing routine and process and ensuring that those elements are adhered to.

Leadership sets the tone for the organizations, sets its culture, its ethics and how people go about their work, with inspiration or not, with passion or not, effective leadership instills enjoyment in those working in that construct, where as, in my opinion, management tend to suppress the individual and force them into a mold.

S. Srinivasan wrote: Leadership is about getting management to do the things that need done. Management is about doing the things that leaders believe is critical to the success of the organization. In short management is about doing and leadership is about leading management to action.

J. Jordan wrote:
Is Management a job and leadership a role?
I think the “job” refers to two things: the tasks that have to be done and employment by someone else to run their business. ”Role” is used to mean job in UK, Aus and NZ these days. Correctly speaking it is a set of social relationships. So leadership is a wider set of behaviors that are fundamentally social and emotional.

S. Vilayanoor wrote:
I see the difference between Management and Leadership as follows: Let us say your customer is visiting your plant at 8 am on particular day. Your assistant takes a look at the conference room and sets the room for the day. She finds that you are out of coffee. She may choose to respond in either routes: 1.) Put a notice in the room saying that we are out of coffee. She is “responsible”, hence a “Manager” Or 2.) run to the nearest coffee place near by, buy a pot of coffee for the team. Here, she is taking “ownership” – not just being “responsible”. This is leadership. In summary – “management” stops with “being responsible”; “leadership” has to do with “taking ownership”.

J. McLeod wrote:
Simply put, management is fulfilling the responsibilities and accountabilities of marshaling resources behind a plan or process (hopefully – though not always) in order to accomplish a task. Leadership emerges when unconventional challenges present themselves and when exceptional efforts will be required to achieve goals. Any person can typically manage at a certain level, but very few people can lead. Leadership requires an understanding of intrinsic motivators of people and how to trigger these motivators in order to inspire people to achieve what was thought to be impossible. Managers and leaders both have goals and expectations. The key differentiator is that leaders set their own and managers follow the goals and expectations of leaders.

G. Azzam wrote:
Leaders are visionaries. Leaders have a dream. Leaders mesmerize. Leaders envision new world orders, leaders create or rejuvenate nations, leaders propound new philosophies, leaders create new systems, leaders conceive new products and services. Leadership is all about ideas. Leadership is vision and mission. In the corporate world, leadership has to come from the sponsors, from the Board, from the CEO. A bit from each of them. The management is the art of creating and fine tuning organizations, structures and systems to achieve the vision & mission. The management’s challenge to create and run an organization that could achieve the vision and mission of leadership in the best possible manner. In an ideal scenario, leadership and management should be together and go hand in hand but most often it’s not and that is the reason most organizations do not rise to a level beyond the ordinary.

S. Kruger wrote:
There are a lot of trite little sayings about management vs. leadership. It makes for interesting and sometimes inspirational reading but in the end it’s all BS. Leadership and management in business are inextricably tied to each other and should not be treated as separate issues and thus have no differentiator. They are complimentary. Really – can you think of one manager who has no, and I mean NO, leadership skills – even if those skills not a style you respond to? And how about anyone who is paid to be in a leadership position that does not also have management responsibilities? I sure can’t. If they were separate don’t you think companies would be hiring department leaders AND department managers?

K. Brooks wrote:
Management is a caretaker’s job, take care of this; manage that. It takes little vision or passion, although does require a lot of patience and understanding. Leadership is about vision and passion and urgency of time. Anyone can be a manager (some good some bad), but leaders lead, you following them is for better or worse. There is nothing wrong with being a leader, as long as you are leading everyone on a just and moral path.

N. Raglin wrote:
A manager oversees an individual or group. They are strategy focused and ensure that procedures are being followed in order to accomplish tasks. A leader imparts a vision, empowering a team to act in order to accomplish goals or a particular task. A leader is able to provide guidance and coaching based on the skill assessments of those they are leading (including placing those in roles that will utilize their strengths and polish weaknesses). Not all managers are leaders, and not all leaders are good managers. In my opinion, a manager can get the job done without having the best leadership skills. The question is, how effective are they? The ultimate package, as I define the most effective manager, is one that includes strong leadership skills. From my personal experience, as someone who has been a follower (report to) and a leader (as well as a manager), I have found the most effective situations to involve the direction of someone who can put the title of “Manager” aside and realize the contributions of all those involved. If you can empower your team to take ownership and have pride in their contribution, they will be more open to taking direction. Especially if you are a manager that “leads by example”.

N. Singh wrote:
Management is a formally appointed position, and almost everyone accepts the designated person as his or her manager. However, in the case of leadership, it is the individual (follower) who voluntarily says, “I consider him/her as my leader!” And, it happens more rarely than we would like to think!



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