Management vs. Leadership: Do You Know the Difference?

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Management vs. Leadership: Do You Know the Difference?

Management vs. Leadership: Do You Know the Difference?

Many times, observers of leaders, and even leaders themselves, confuse leadership with management.

In 1989, Warren Bennis drew twelve distinctions between managers and leadership:

  • Managers administer, leaders innovate
  • Managers ask how and when, leaders ask what and why
  • Managers focus on systems, leaders focus on people
  • Managers do things right, leaders do the right things
  • Managers maintain, leaders develop
  • Managers rely on control, leaders inspire trust
  • Managers have a short-term perspective, leaders have a longer-term perspective
  • Managers accept the status-quo, leaders challenge the status-quo
  • Managers have an eye on the bottom line, leaders have an eye on the horizon
  • Managers imitate, leaders originate
  • Managers emulate the classic good soldier, leaders are their own person
  • Managers copy, leaders show originality 
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