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.