The Difference Between Management and Leadership

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The Difference Between Management And Leadership Leadership and management are two notions that are often used interchangeably. However, these words actually describe two different concepts. In this section, we shall discuss these differences and explain why both terms are thought to be similar. Leadership is a facet of management Differences In Perspectives Subordinate As A Leader Loyalty The Leader Is Followed. The Manager Rules Management Knows How It Works Conclusion References Leadership is a facet of management Leadership is just one of the many assets a successful manager must possess. Care must be taken in distinguishing between the two concepts. The main aim of a manager is to maximise the output of the…show more content…
They seek out the truth and make decisions based on fact, not prejudice. They have a preference for innovation." [4] Return to top Subordinate As A Leader Often with small groups, it is not the manager who emerges as the leader. In many cases it is a subordinate member with specific talents who leads the group in a certain direction. "Leaders must let vision, strategies, goals, and values be the guide-post for action and behaviour rather than attempting to control others." [5] When a natural leader emerges in a group containing a manager, conflict may arise if they have different views. When a manager sees the group looking towards someone else for leadership he may feel his authority is being questioned. Return to top Loyalty Groups are often more loyal to a leader than a manager. This loyalty is created by the leader taking responsibility in areas such as: * Taking the blame when things go wrong. * Celebrating group achievements, even minor ones. * Giving credit where it is due. "The leader must take a point of highlighting the successes within a team, using charts or graphs, with little presentations and fun ideas" [6] "Leaders are observant and sensitive people. They know their team and develop mutual confidence within it." [7] Return to top The Leader Is Followed. The Manager Rules A leader is someone who people naturally follow through their own choice, whereas a manager
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