Discussion boards all over the internet debate the difference between leadership and management. What is the difference between leading and managing? Can managers lead? Can leaders manage? Are they both essentially the same?
Based on my experience and research, I believe the following:
- Leaders teach people how to think. Managers tell people what to do.
- Leaders challenge the status quo. Managers maintain the status quo.
- Leaders have followers. Managers have subordinates.
- Not all leaders are managers. Not all managers are leaders.
While there are differences between leaders and managers, both are necessary and complimentary in organizations. Both exist to serve others. In my next few posts we'll discuss these statements in greater detail, so stay tuned!
What are your thoughts or experiences about leadership and management? Where do you fit in to the equation? Please leave your thoughts in a comment and let's start some discussion!