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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT?
Business writers, speakers and consultant have thoroughly analyzed the difference between
leaders and managers. Many of these comparisons present leaders as more creative and valuable to an organization than managers. However, thinking about leaders and managers in such a categorical way doesn’t serve us well. There are organizations with too many leaders that failed from their inability to manage and implement day-to-day business issues. And there are companies with excellent managers that fail because they did not innovate, motivate change nor keep their eye on the strategic threats. An organization needs both management and leadership. Managing is a subset of leadership. A good leader must both lead and manage well.
So, just what is a difference between leading and managing? Managers manage things, but lead people. They manage financial ratios, inventory, process flow, cash, information system and
leadership development. At the same time they lead people, their perceptions, mindset, and
motivation. Most executives are bright mangers and businessmen. Many are very skilled in managing the administrative and operational aspects of their businesses.
There are often situations when a manager or supervisor is suddenly promoted to a position of directional leadership. The transition from manager to leader is difficult one, as is the attempt to train and develop leaders. Why? Because business community knows little about leadership and the technology of leading.
What is Leadership?
Basically, leadership is making people to follow you. The importance of good leadership cannot be overestimated. Leaders understand what has to happen with things in the company, and tell people what is needed for the desired results. However, leadership is more than planning a business strategy so that others followed it.
Sometimes the most skilled leaders ask themselves, "What can I say or do, in order to make my employees do what I want them to do?" But people do what their minds and emotions tell them to do, not necessarily what the leader says to do. No leader can motivate others. The employees have to motivate themselves. In short, the leaders know the ways to optimize the work of employees and achieve organization's success.
Since leading is basically a psychological process and skill, leaders who learn and practice in leadership technology will be much more effective in their work.
And leadership skills, like management skills, can be learned and improved. Releasing the energy and motivation of your employees opens new opportunities and inevitably results in bottom line improvements.
If leadership can be taught (and it can), it can also be managed. The most progressive and successful companies are managing leaders and leadership systematically. There are certain principles and models that help to develop a strong leadership system. Some companies have to manage leadership to get a significant change in their bottom-line.
Three Leadership Rules to Remember
Rule 1: You must have or develop the skill, and take the time to find out what is in the employee's mind. A good leader knows and consistently uses some of the many techniques for learning emr ployee's needs and assessing how they experience their environment. Leaders need to create and manage a system of feedback that keeps them in permanent touch with employee mindset so they lead professionaly.
Rule 2: To be a powerful leader, you must show your "leadership" to others. Good leaders have the leadership behavior called for by the situation. They fit the leader role rather than make the role fit them.
Rule 3: Remember, if people aren't following, you're not leading. To create an effective leadership, you must develop your leadership skills so that they are deliberate and professional. Manage your leadership development.