The question is often posed “What is the difference between leadership and management?”.
There are a number of similarities between the two, mainly that in both roles you will be guiding one or more people to achieve a goal. However, it is important to remember that often a person may be required to take on both a leader and a manager position. So, what are the differences?
Leaders often create a vision or direction for people and are usually the spearhead of this. They tend to seek risk when pursuing their vision and understand that they will encounter hurdles, giving them an opportunity to discover news ways to overcome these.
Managers direct people and control targets and resources in order to achieve a predefined vision or set of objectives. They are usually not risk takers and generally like to create a happy environment in which their people work (not that leaders are doing the opposite).
Traditionally, the role of a manager is to coordinate, plan and organise, whereas a leader will inspire and motivate individuals to grow and succeed.
However, nowadays you will find more, significant crossover between the two. People tend to look to management to lead them, to help them grow and to give them opportunity to try new paths to success.
This is a difficulty that managers will face going forward. How can they manage their team, maintain focus and achieve targets, but also lead, inspire and define purpose in each task?
John Quincy Adams said: “If you inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Many management development programmes focus on this crossover and encourage the growth of leadership skills. It’s something that we at Bray Leino Learning actively encourage - our Foundation Leadership Programme is aimed at new managers or those without formal training.
It may spark the discussion, how can new managers also be expected to lead their teams? With the high level of demands on individuals in the workplace and increasing expectations to deliver, achieve and ‘think outside of the box’, an inspiring manager has become a necessity.
As a manager, don’t be afraid to discover your leadership skills. Whether you manage one person or a team of twenty, taking the time to manage effectively and encourage a desire to learn and grow will give you the opportunity to become a manager your team will never forget.
In closing, I wanted to share this fantastic Rugby World Cup advert, which, in my opinion, shows leadership at its finest.
Keep an eye out for Friday’s blog from Nigel Walpole, which is the start of a fantastic five-part series on leadership skills and tips.
Contact us to discuss how we can help your managers develop their management and leadership skills for a more successful and productive workforce.
Rachel Matthews, Social Media and Marketing Manager
In my blogs I will look at industry constraints and issues and problems that employees face in their day-to-day work lives.
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