Leadership or Management

It is common in the world for people to use the terms Leadership and Management interchangeably. However I believe that they are two different, but related concepts. Both concepts are important in an organisation.

According to the Collins English Dictionary:
– Leadership is defined as 1. the position or function of a leader; 2. the period during which a person occupies the position of leader; 3. a. the ability to lead; b. (as modifier) leadership qualities; 4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the leaders as a group of a party, union, etc.
– Management is defined as 1. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms) the members of the executive or administration of an organization or business; 2. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms) managers or employers collectively; 3. the technique, practice, or science of managing, controlling or dealing with 4. the skilful or resourceful use of materials, time, etc.; 5. (Medicine) the specific treatment of a disease, disorder, etc.

Leadership is an art that brings people together to produce more than the sum of the individuals. While management is about the efficient use of resources to achieve a task. An example of the difference is the story about the team building a road through the forest. The manager is the one that make sure that the forest is cleared and road is built in the most efficient way. While the leader is the person that checks that the road is built in the right direction by the right people.

There are many theories on leadership and I am not going to get into them in this article. However leaders and managers are both required in organisations and business. In many roles within an organisation there is a requirement for both Leadership and management to be applied to that role. We need to make sure that we both do the right things (leadership) and do things right (Management). Hence it is neither Leadership nor Management, but both that is required.

Created by: Attila Ovari
© Attila & Kim Ovari 2012. The content of this Article may be reproduced with permission of the author. Correct as at 08 November 12

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