Recently, I heard someone say, “All you need to run an organization efficiently is great management —forget leadership.” While this may work for some teams, most need both. Can you have one without the other, and continue to grow? Let’s look at the characteristics of both leadership and management.
Traits: Management VS Leadership
● Management can be defined as a set of processes that allow an organization to continue functioning.
● Leadership, conversely, requires an influencer or someone to lead the group towards the achievement of their goals.
● Management tends to be focused on the bottom line.
● Leaders motivate people who will then deliver the processes that lead to the bottom line.
● Managers are great at figuring out the best forms of control that leads to efficient completion of tasks.
● Leaders inspire a collective vision.
● Managers rely on duty.
● Leaders rely on trust.
● Leaders command respect.
● Managers require it.
As I mentioned, leadership and management need not be disparate or even separate. If you look at management as your “job,” then you can consider leadership your “role.“
Does it Have to Be One-way or the Other
There will be days as a manager when you need your team to put in some extra effort; whether that means coming in early or working late. There will be times that you need members of your team to perform duties outside of their job description. This takes leadership. Leadership is a team game, and real leaders make great team players because of their ability to understand and connect with people around them. Leaders help organizations and individuals to grow and develop personally. As a manager, your greatest accomplishment comes from making work processes more efficient, saving money, and increasing productivity. Both leaders and managers are valuable to the organization.
“Leadership is an art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” ~Colin Powell
In this time of frequent disruptions, technological advancement, and the increasingly complex and volatile business environment, the need to demonstrate goal-aligned leadership and management has never been more critical for success. To build our businesses, we need to harness our passion and vision with disciplined processes. For an organization to achieve high results, both leadership and management need to be present in each of us.
With excellent management and no leadership, the team will lack the motivation needed to pursue and reach goals. Additionally, without essential management skills, the direction set by a leader may be unsustainable. How you strike a balance between management and leadership depends on your industry and your company culture, however, it is possible to meld the two.
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