Here is a tough question to ask yourself every morning: do you lead or do you manage?
Leadership and Management are often used interchangeably in today’s buzzword-filled society. However, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the root verbs are very different.
: to guide on a way especially by going in advance
: to direct on a course or in a direction
: to serve as a channel for
: to have control of
: to take care of and make decisions about
: to direct the professional career of
If you review those definitions, a common theme plainly stands out:
Leadership looks to guide employees.
Management looks to accomplish the job.
Before you get up in arms, I have to state that I don’t believe one quality [leadership or management] stands above the other in value. They are simply different, and we should treat them as such.
I have known great leaders whose employees would follow them to the ends of the Earth, but the team produces very little.
And, I have know great managers whose goals are always met, but their employees would rather work for someone else.
Very rarely do you find an amazing leader and manager in a single person.
But as leaders and managers, each employee interaction we have, each project we work through today, we should be asking ourselves: are we leading or managing, and how can we do a better job at both?
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