One of the most commonly debated questions regarding management and administration is, "What's the difference between management and leadership?" Not a real surprise, was it?
The best answer turns out to be, you manage things, you lead people.
Most deep insights can be summed in few words, but take a life time to learn and to apply.
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The most effective review is a recounting of what others have said about themselves, while leaving the reader the privilege and responsibility to come to his or her own conclusion.
That's not as easy as it seems. Most of us want to take the lesson home, make sure it is fully accepted and endorsed by the learner, rather than just providing the facts and leaving the conclusion to the other person.
Leadership calls for a respect of both the presenter and the receiver.
In leadership, if you assume the upper hand, occupy the place of the one who knows, the one who basically says, "You sit still while I instill," as a leader, you lose.
A leader is not defined solely by his or her followers. A leader is defined by the direction in which he or she goes, with the ability to encourage others to do the same.
That encouragement lasts the longest, goes the deepest, and endures more obstacles when the follower comes to the conviction for themselves.
Leading from the followers point of view is a gift, not a requirement. The gift allows the clearest understanding for what the follower may need to come to his or her own conviction.
When a leader sets a direction, is so dedicated to the direction that he or she pays no attention to the followers, then that leader will soon be solo.
It is not drudgery to inform the follower, it is inspiration. When a leader sees the follower pickup the torch, send themselves into the fray of battle, define for themselves the commitment required and then pay the ultimate price to see the objective achieved then the leader becomes so much more than a manager, he becomes a coworker, a fellow companion and the work gets done to the fullest.
Be a leader, not a manager, and all the management will get done.
These three things are required of a good manager of people:
- Love the objective enough to give yourself to it.
- Love the people with whom you work to give yourself to them.
- Love the work so much you give everyone else the credit.
When you do that, there is no question who the leader is, there is no doubt what the direction is, and there is no need to explain to everyone else where their contribution is found
You can rise to the level of a great manager when you become an honest leader.
One that share the load by sharing the leadership long enough for the followers to know they have a leader and to smell the sweet aroma of a job completed.
A standard question asked of most aspiring administrators is:
What is the difference between management and leadership?
The most common reply is, you lead people and you manage things.
A small business owner must do both, lead people and manage things. If the rigors of small business begin to crash in on the owner, it's usually because she has failed at one or at both.
You really can't do enough management to make up for poor leadership, because in the end, it is relationships that must be won or lost by respect.
The same is true regarding poor management trying to by over come by good leadership. The good leader would be betrayed by poor management, providing inadequate direction, low standards, and at the very least words without the power of their meaning being backed up with the strength of action.
A national leader once sat all day long addressing the matters of his nation one after the other after the other. He had no time to anticipate the future, protect from uncertain foes, or give thought to the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, and other things.
His father in law came to him and gave an accounting of what he was observing in this famous son in law. He basically said you can't keep this up. When you fall, we will all fall.
You must divide the decisions these people seek from you into the various heads of clans, and their second in command. These into thousands, and into hundreds and into tens.
To the well read among us, that Jethro approaching Moses and almost just as historical, Moses took his father-in-law's advice.
He learned to manage and lead, instead of just lead.
Let's try to do the same together.
Come along and we'll do it now.