Management or Leadership?
Two very common questions that are asked when working with clients, yet cause so many issues within the workplace.
Can an effective and successful manager also be a efficient and successful leader? Do they need to?
Businesses need efficient managers, but more than ever they need strategic and inspirational, strong leaders.
It could be said that the main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them - while managers have people who work for them.
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, is a truly great business leader that has focussed on deconstructing process, product and ideas and being creative - being surrounded however with the right management teams in place.
A successful business owner needs to be both a strong leader and manager to get their team on board to follow them towards their vision of success.
The traditional view of management assumes that a manager's job is to run an apparatus - perhaps a corporate Credit Department or a team of programmers. There are clear inputs and outputs and expected results from the engine each manager is responsible for. The manager's job is to keep the machine running smoothly. Leadership takes just the opposite view! The energy on your team powers everything you will accomplish.There is clearly a huge amount of debate around management and leadership and never one clear answer - it all depends on the situation, business, people and so on.
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