Sunday, April 15, 2007

What is the difference between leadership and management?

These two appear similar because they are about influencing how people in organizations behave and how successful organizations can be. Leadership and management, however operate quite differently.

Leadership is about letting people experience your personal power so they are clear about their own needs and how to take care of them. Management is about making people aware of your positional power so that they will respond to your needs.

Management is about controlling others, leadership is about managing oneself.

I believe it is impossible for an organization to be successful with strong management and no leadership. I believe an organization is most likely to be successful if it has leadership that encourages self-management.

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