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Management versus Leadership – Part One

A quick glance at the difference…

man·ag·er n.
One who handles, controls, or directs, especially:
One who directs a business or other enterprise.
One who controls resources and expenditures, as of a household.

Leader: According to, “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!

Theory X- Also known as “Basement Thinking” Theory

The two most prominent management theories are Theory X and Theory Y.   In an earlier post we looked at the lesser-known Theory Z.

Douglas McGregor coined the two phrases in the 1950’s.  McGregor was a psychologist who taught at MIT and served as President of Antioch College.  McGregor drew his motivational theories from the work of Abraham Maslow and was intent on proving that Theory X assumptions led to ineffective management as well as lower productivity of workers.

Executive Inter-dependency

High performance managers realize that they cannot do everything alone; therefore they reach out to others for collaboration.  Great leaders match people with the jobs that match their individual skills.  Excellent leaders hire people who are smarter than they are.  A confident leader does not feel threatened by smart people.

Are you a De-Motivator?

As a follow up to an earlier post this week, let’s look at the other side of the pendulum that Dr. Lance Secretan’s book talks about.  He has just written the book, “The Spark, The Flame, and The Torch”.

The book is about leadership by inspiration.  Below is one of the take-aways from the book review.  Let us now look at the opposite of inspirational characteristics.  For ease of understanding, the opposite characteristic is listed to the right of each inspirational characteristic.

The CASTLE Principles :                DE-MOTIVATING PRINCIPLES:

C ourage                                                        COWARD

A uthenticity                                                 FAKE

S ervice                                                          SELFISH

T ruthfulness                                                LIAR

L ove                                                              INSTILLS FEAR

E ffectiveness                                              INCOMPETENT

On which list do your actions fall?

Inspiration versus Motivation

Wow!  I just sat in on some training by Dr. Lance Secretan.  He has just written the book, “The Spark, The Flame, and The Torch”.

The book is about leadership by inspiration.  Below is one of the take-aways from the book review:

The CASTLE Principles :

C ourage

A uthenticity

S ervice

T ruthfulness

L ove

E ffectiveness

Later this week we will look at the opposite of these principles/values.

Embracing Change: Positive Persuasion is Better than Force

Persuasion is an important skill to be learned and utilized in relationships of all kinds.  When persuasion is used it should always be of a positive nature and not in the form of human trickery.  Negative persuasion (trickery) might look like a “win” in the short run but will almost always backfire on the user, most likely due to the Law of Karma or the Law of Sowing and Reaping.

Persuasion can be used in a positive manner to bring about positive change.

Discipline Determines Your Success

In this day and age of fast paced gadgets and ADD marketing buzz, could it be that good old discipline really determines your level of success? Could Discipline be the real bottom-line for Success – period?

My believe is that discipline is the key determinant to mine and your level of success. There are several reasons that discipline is the master key to your success.

Great Leaders are Effective Communicators

Continuing the theme of Effective Communication Month, I want to address the importance of communication as a key leadership trait.

In every leadership development process, leadership assessment, 360 feedback report and leadership position analysis – communication is shown as one of the most important traits necessary for effective leadership.

So what is so important about communication and leadership? Here are some of the factors that influence the importance of communication: