Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Hidden Agenda [Leadership vs. Management]


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. 

lead 
 [lēd] verb 

: 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 

manage 
[ma-nij] verb 

: 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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