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Difference between Leadership and Management

Difference Between Leadership and Management: What Do You Prefer?

Being a manager is not enough to be a leader. In fact, leadership is at the core of all managerial and administrative activities.
Workspirited Staff
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2018
Leadership is the nucleus of all managerial and administrative activities. Leadership qualities required by any person for fulfilling managerial responsibilities include the following.

To envision and direct.
To strengthen.
To set and enforce absolute standards of behavior, attitude, presentation, and performance.
To see things through to completion.
To encircle themselves with expertise so that any gaps in their own capacities are filled.

The six most important words - " I admit I made a mistake."
The five most important words - "I am proud of you."
The four most important words -"What is your opinion?"
The three most important words -"If you please"
The two most important words -"Thank You"
The one most important word -"We"
The least most important word -"I"

The following are some famous words of some true leaders.

Winston Churchill, on becoming Prime Minister - " I am the leader. Therefore, I must serve."

According to Peters and Austin, a leader is 'a cheerleader, enthusiast, nurturer of champions, hero finder, wanderer, dramatist, coach, facilitator, and builder'.

Napoleon Bonaparte once articulated, " A leader is a dealer in hope."

"Leaders are the custodians of a nation's ideals, of the beliefs it cherishes, of its permanent hopes, of the faith which makes a nation out of a mere aggregation of individuals." - Lippmann.

In the words of Bill Gates, " Leaders will be those who empower others... Empowering leadership means bringing out the energy and capabilities people have, and getting them to work together in a way they wouldn't do otherwise."

Identifying great leaders in the words of David Ogilvy - " Great leaders almost always exude self-confidence. They are never petty. They are never buck-passers. They pick themselves up after a defeat."

"Great leaders are always fanatically committed to their jobs. They do not suffer from the crippling need to be universally loved. They have the guts to make unpopular decisions - including the guts to fire non-performers."

"Good leaders are decisive. They grasp nettles."

"Good leaders do not use fear as a tool. The most effective leader is the one who satisfies the psychological needs of his followers."

Match following attributes with yourself and decide whether you possess them or not. If yes, then you are a natural leader.

Understanding, tolerance, sympathy, wisdom, perspective, equanimity, mind-reading, second sight, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, encourage hearts, good-listener, forethought and prudence, humble, common touch, knows every one's names in the team, open door problem-solver, advice-giver, comfortable with people in their workplace, available, fair, trusts people, gives credit to others, honest & frequent feedback provider, believes in discussions rather written reports, arrives early and stays late, nothing reserved for him/her alone, decisive, persistent with a strong conviction, delegates all important jobs, honest, straightforward, open, promotes from within, keeps promises, organization is at the top of the agenda, often takes the blame, and sees mistakes as learning. - Peters and Austin, 1986.

In an organization, most of the time, we misunderstand management as leadership. To be a manager is not sufficient to be a leader. Philosophy differs.

Peter & Warren differentiated, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

According to Grace Hopper, "You don't manage people, you manage things. You lead people."

Tom Peters wrote in The Leadership Challenge , " Leadership, many have said, is different from management. Management is mostly about 'to do' lists - can't live without them. Leadership is about tapping the wellsprings of human motivation - and about fundamental relations with one's fellows."

Stephen Covey wrote in The 7 habits of Highly Effective People, "Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."

Thus, it is proven that being a successful manager is not enough for being a successful leader, as thinking and beliefs are different for leadership and management.

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart.
Leadership is about inspiration of oneself and of others.
Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes.
Leadership is not a formula or program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others.
It is an attitude, not a routine.

- Lance Secretan

However, management is the following up of techniques, methods, processes, formulas, programs, and routines.
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