Are you leading or managing? Are you being led or managed? Which do you prefer?
Joe Keshmiri | Mar 20, 2018
the process of influencing others to understand and agree what needs to be done and how it can be done effectively, and
the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish the shared objectives
People who carry out these processes
or, people in positions of authority in societies/organizations
The Difference between Leaders and Managers:
- Both personalities were thought to produce a different sense of self that would guide conduct and attitudes.
- Managers are seen as regulators and perpetuators of the existing institutions, identifying with them.
- Leaders were viewed as individuals who did not depend on membership for identity, working for an organization but never belonging to them.
- This distinction offered a theoretical basis for understanding why leaders seek opportunities for change
(Mintzberg, and Kotter, et al 1998)
- Leader seek change and innovation
- Leaders do not depend on others or institutions for identity
- Leaders work for the organization but do not belong to them
- Managers and leaders are different
- Leaders are active, not reactive, they exert an influence to alter moods, evoke images and expectations
- Managers are more rational, more detached, more concerned with process and tactics than with substance.
Management – ‘to bring about, to accomplish, to have charge of or responsibility for, to conduct’.
Leadership –’influencing, guiding in direction, course, action, opinion’.
Bennis and Nanus (1985):
- Creates change
- Works through relationships with people
- Establishing direction
- Aligning people
- Motivating and inspiring
- Planning and budgeting
- Organizing and staffing
- Controlling and problem solving
The real challenge is:
To combine strong leadership and strong management and use each to balance the other
more on leadership in this IMS blog