Management Vs. Leadership: The Real Difference
Tale of the Tape
Managers and Leaders
Managers that comprehend management theories are not born as leaders with leadership qualities or may not posses any form of leadership quality. However, leaders with leadership qualities are instinctive managers of proper management toward any task. Management is “the act or art of managing: the conducting or supervising of something ‘as a business’ (Merriam Webster, n.d., Definition 1).” Although management functions and traits are a full comprehension of occurrences and tasks, an attribute of leadership may not exist within. Leadership is “the act or instance of leading (Merriam Webster, n.d., Definition 3).”
(Patty Inglish writes a great hub defining "The Difference Between a Manager and a Leader.")
Within the organizational structure of my previous employer, our echelon’s high chief portrayed and exercised traits that made him a great leader and manager. Leadership to manage a constructive organization is a give and take condition and requires an ability to make sacrifices and demonstrate commitment to an organization’s blood, the employees and the sea of public consumers. While doing so, a leader must establish an impression of charismatic values and deliver a harmonious relationship with its members. Conversely however, a leader must portray his/her role as a leader to be noticeably evident amongst subordinate positions so as to not confuse his/her congeniality with authority and management.
Commitment to oneself and others develops leaders with leadership qualities. What good is an organization if members of an organization aren’t given opportunities to become leaders? In this aspect, the negative result is an over abundance of managerial positions without leadership qualities. Furthermore, dedication to train and provide opportunities keeps our organizational structure knowledgeable and ready for any undetermined circumstance or situation, thus molding established leaders to become better leaders or inexperienced subordinates to become leaders. This commitment to teach and train provides each organizational member the ability and awareness to self-determine any solution to any complex situation, thus managing a path of organizational structure.
(Here's another great read, "Leadership: Back to the basics by Paulkehoe.")
Management: The Important Trait for Leaders
Management is an important trait for all leaders. And again, although management is dissimilar to leadership, it possesses the similar focus of goal completeness toward any obstacle or task. As depicted, my previous organizational structure was founded on leadership virtues and is equally managed by leaders and subordinate organizational members. Furthermore, as there will always be minor discrepancies and concerns relevant to imperfect leadership of management qualities, using the proper tools and a principled code of ethics will assist to remedy organizational concerns to be better understood, led, and managed.
Merriam Webster.com (2009). Merriam Webster Online Dictionary: Definitions of Leadership and Management.
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