Do you lead or do you manage?

Our lecturer today emphasized the complex tension between leadership and management, and pointed out that they are not the same and don’t always go hand in hand. Speaking with a classmate later that day, I thought about the fact that not all managers show leadership, and not all leaders can manage well. I hadn’t thought carefully about the difference before and it also makes me wonder what skills do we all need to work on to develop as leaders and as managers?

“leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal”

“the leader is the inspiration and director of the action

“[leadership can be defined as the] process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.”

I plan to read more on leadership, starting with this: Chemers, M. M. (2002). Meta-cognitive, social, and emotional intelligence of transformational leadership: Efficacy and Effectiveness. In R. E. Riggio, S. E. Murphy, F. J. Pirozzolo (Eds.), Multiple Intelligences and Leadership.

2 Replies to “Do you lead or do you manage?”

  1. It is said that in Ancient Rome that when Cicero spoke to his audiences, people used to turn to each other and say about Cicero, Great speech. But it is said that in Ancient Greece when Demosthenes spoke to his audiences, people turned to each other and didnt say Great speech. They said, Lets march.Leaders get people to march.

  2. Hey Jules,great blog btw, keep it going! Thought the definition discussions were really interestingeven the basics like how we define conservation…these are great quotes you’ve put up there. Would also be good to put up some climate related stuff if you get the chance to do so.

    The manager vs leader post is also an interesting debate and i think its important to make the distinction and understand which one of the two you are (or are better at)….and if you are really good you are both, which is very rare. I think that to be a successful leader you need to have charisma and what is often also referred to as “presence”. Without this I think its difficult for those that are being led to believe in you and for them to share your view….think this is the difference between a good leader and a bad one. A manager on the other hand does not necessarily need to have these qualities to be a good manager. Managers are results-orientated so they can often (with exceptions) be very cold and not very understanding because they dont need to be that way to be a good manager in the eyes of the company simply because they are there to manage and hit targets or achieve project objectives often at the expense of their have these managers in every company. Admittedly, a leader also needs to reach targets/objectives but the way he or she achieves this is completely different to how a manager will do this.a successful leader needs to have the ability to empower people and a good manager can get away with just achieving results and will not become a leader unless he/she has those specific character traits that is common to leaders. Steve Jobs for example is a great leader but is probably a terrible manager.Gandhi is unmistakably a great leader because he had a vision that he was able to successfully share to get people to move.

    Anyway, so what are you Jules, a manager or a leader?


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