When you hear someone speak of leadership of a particular group, organization, team, company or cause, we immediately associate the term, "Leadership" with the same term of "Management." If you're in management, you might read books on leadership, study leadership and speak with folks in leadership capacities.
They are not the same... Yes, I said it. Leadership and Management are two entirely different streets. You can travel down Leadership Avenue, but you cannot synonymously drive down Management Street.
The importance and significance of this post is that Leadership and Management provide 2 entirely different and vital functions to any group. Some folks associate leadership with traits and characteristics. "He/she definitely possesses leadership characteristics" is something that we've heard when there are folks up for consideration of hiring or voting.
Management is the function of budgeting, planning, staffing, training and structuring employees and jobs in order for the organization to function properly. Management is a function.
Leadership is about providing direction, broadcasting a vision, empowering people to produce useful and effective change.
In most of our organizations, governments, companies and groups we sometimes over-lead and under-manage while others under-lead and over-manage. Next time you look at your organization, business, group or cause -- you first need to look at your management AND your leadership to better determine if the organizational structure is properly set up for the future success. Do you have managers in leadership and leaders in management? Sometimes, that makes the difference between successful business or overly expensive leadership salaries.
This is a concept that all of our "leaders" and "managers" really need to understand and perhaps their expensive advanced degrees and accolades never provided them with these teachings.
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