The Differences Between Leadership And Management

1727 WordsNov 12, 20147 Pages
In this essay I will be exploring the differences and similarities between leadership and management, looking at the qualities of each of these subjects from my perspective as well as from other materials, and furthermore identifying whether an individual can become better at leadership and management. I will also be discussing the circumstances in which management as well as leadership would be crucial. Leadership can be described as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. I believe that defining leadership is somewhat subjective due to people having different ideas of what a leader means to them personally. For example Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that ‘a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.’ , whereas former US president John Quincy Adams described leadership as ‘when your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more’. For me, leadership can be simply described as somebody whom other people follow, or as someone who guides or directs others. There have been many studies on leadership for over centuries, trying to search for the characteristics and traits of leaders. While the study of leadership can be traced back to Aristotle over 300 years BCE, the study of management has only developed since the 20th century, arising with industrialisation. In comparison, management can be described as an art that
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