Management and Leadership

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Management and Leadership

Leader v. Manager

The difference between leadership and management is very distinctive with complementary systems of achievement. Both have it's own function and unique characteristics. Given the fact that leadership involves the influence by one person over the activity of others, the quality of leadership exhibited by an individual in a supervisor roll is a critical element of success of an organization. Together these components are necessary for the success in a progressively complex and unpredictable business atmosphere. Strong leadership with weak management is worse, than weak leadership and strong management. The key is two harness the two and combine strong leadership and strong management to create a harmonic balance with both.


There are subtle differences between Managers and Leaders. Successful executives learn to use management skills at the appropriate time, and leadership skills when appropriate. Leadership skills are not limited people with the job title of Leader, Management skills are not limited to people with the job title of manager.

In contras, people who carry those titles do not always have the necessary skills that their title implies. Management refers to the tasks that deal with taking care of the company processes, planning, assignments, quality, efficiency, and the productivity of the business. Managers will pay close attention to the practice of standard and promising business needs. Management is a skill, pays attention to the details of the business at hand in a practical way.


Leadership refers to the tasks that we have, that influencing, inspire, and stimulate employees, peers, and customers. The differences between Managers and Leaders are often subtle. The "best" learn to use management skills when appropriate and leadership skills when appropriate. Leadership is demonstrated when communication is in a compelling manner, a productive dialogue is encouraging...