Management and Leadership Paper: The Army

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While management and leadership have similar duties, they are not the same at all. Specified persons do managing and it is to handle or control a group of people in an organization. The manager also has privileges or differences within the organization, like a special parking space, management meetings, and others. Leadership in the other hand can be done by anybody and it is to guide or direct a group of people. Leaders really put an effort in listening and learning from every employee throughout their organization. So you see, a manager can be selfish sometimes and think about an escape for himself and himself only, while a leader thinks and speak for everyone and he makes sure that everyone escapes first and then he escape.

In the Army we differentiate managers and leaders very easily. Managers are selfish while leaders can be managers but they at not selfish at all.

Lets talk about managers in the Army. I am a Veteran of the Iraqi war and sadly I dealt with a lot of managers out there. It is just incredible what managers can do over there just to escape from a certain mission or just to get a promotion. I will always remember about a mission I got over at Iraq. A 3rd ID tank got left behind because the tank had no fuel. So we received a mission to help that team and supply them the fuel they needed. I volunteer for the mission since I would have wanted to be helped I was the one out of fuel. My manager CPT Rodriguez was supposed to find me a team to go with me to that mission. He disappeared for a whole day just to not confront me, but as a soldier and a team player I am,