Leadership and Management- Equally important- Two distinct roles

One of diplomat Ken Adelman’s quotes is ” A leader knows what’s best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it.”

It’s common for business people to intertwine Leadership and Management, yet they are two distinctly different roles.  A simple way to distinguish management versus leadership is to remember that you manage things and lead people.

What is Management?

Management is the science of maximizing scarce resources to achieve desired objectives, and it is a necessary component of every business success.  The results of management are effectiveness, focus, control, processes, follow-up, consistency, and measurement.

But people are not processes.  They can’t can’t be controlled, motivated or organized like numbers on a spreadsheet.  Applying management processes to people is usually where companies get into trouble, and fail to get the results they desire, mostly because nobody wants to be “managed” or “pushed” to do things a certain way because they have to.

The Leadership Difference

Leaders take people to places they wouldn’t necessarily go on their own. They do things and accomplish tasks because they want to, not because they have to. They put their hearts into what they are doing and not just their heads.  They focus on maximum results and not minimum results.  They spend their energy thinking about solutions and possibilities, not stressing over past mistakes.  They realize that things don’t have to stay the way they are today and expect to overcome hardships and struggles instead of being overcome by them.

Organizations are made up of people, processes and products–but out these three, your people represent the greatest capacity for growth.

So doesn’t it make sense to spend a majority of your day with leadership activities as opposed to management?

The experts define it as 80/20.  Jack Welch, in his writings outlined the following rules for leadership, says:

1. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be

2. Be candid with everyone

3. Don’t manage.  Lead.

4. Change before you have to.

5. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.

6. Control your own destiny, or someone else will.

So what kind of leader are you?  What is your leadership style?

History Maker Russell H. Ewing’s famous saying is ” A boss creates fear, a leader confidence.  A boss fixes blame, a leader mistakes.  A boss knows all, a leader asks questions.  A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. a boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.

Are you a Leader? If not, remember Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present.'”   Use today to take your gift to take others places they would not necessarily go on their own !

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