The Difference Between Leadership and Management
What Is Leadership?
What Is Management?
Leadership vs. Management
- Understanding of what needs to change
- Ability to stimulate intellect
- Knack for encouraging participation
- Talent for genuine communication
- Loyalty, within reason
- Sense of the bigger picture
- Personal integrity
- Inspiring personality
- Set objectives. The manager creates goals for employees and decides what work needs to be done to achieve those goals.
- Organize. The manager divides up the work and selects people to take on those tasks.
- Motivate and communicate. The manager creates a team and makes decisions about pay, placement, and promotion and communicate roles and responsibilities clearly to all.
- Measure. The manager sets targets and yardsticks and analyzes and communicates performance.
- Develop people. An increasingly important management skill is the ability to nurture and develop the careers of employees—a company’s most important asset.
Ways to Improve Your Leadership and Management Skills
- Let your company leadership know you want to join them.
- Over perform, share results, and inspire your team to do the same.
- Observe and exhibit the leadership qualities valued by your company.
- Raise your visibility by representing the company: write articles, give talks, volunteer.
- Take initiative and look for ways to fill existing gaps in leadership.
- Help less experienced coworkers develop their skills.
- Be a positive influence on your team.
- Show that you can do the job you want by doing your current job well and what’s expected of the next job rung up from yours.
- Be empathetic. You need to be able to work with people from a variety of professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds who may have different communication styles, experiences, and work ethics.
- Learn and listen from your employees. This helps you get the most out of those who work for you.
- Set clear expectations. Make sure your employees know what they need to do to get a promotion and/or a pay increase. Help them set short- and long-term career goals.
- Practice accountability. Have uncomfortable conversations with employees if business goals aren’t being achieved, and set new goals aimed at improvement. Ask workers how they think they can improve their performance.