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Management versus Leadership – Part One

A quick glance at the difference… man·ag·er n. 1. One who handles, controls, or directs, especially: a. One who directs a business or other enterprise. b. One who controls resources and expenditures, as of a household. Leader: According to About.com, “A simple definition of leadership is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. Put even more simply, the leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.” Another way to look at the difference is to say:
  • Managers have subordinates
  • Leaders have followers
Both management and leadership are important.  Each level plays an important role in getting things done.  Managers focus primarily on processes whereas leaders usually focus on people. In future posts we will look more closely at specific traits and characteristics that set managers and leaders apart.  Knowledge of the difference traits can be a Success Habit that helps set you apart!
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Judy W Bell

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