Leadership and Management

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”                             -Alexander the Great

Leadership isn’t Management!

On the contrary, each has a distinct characteristic that defines its role in human relation management. It is fair to admit, that leadership has become the preferred methodology of business executives, human management specialists as well as scholars. In fact, it is now corporations new favorite propaganda word to describe the difference between the old way and the new one.  Indeed, this relatively new business jargon comes at the expense of management which, badly bruised, is having severe difficulties standing up again before the tenth bell. These two approaches should not, however, be entirely disassociated since both are critical and needed to operate a business or run a team.

Enigmatic? Well, let’s try to decipher what purpose both have in the same environment by understanding their meanings.

What Is Management?

-Management is the process of dealing with or controlling things or people. It is the organization, coordination, and operation of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives. It includes in parts: forecasting, planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, influencing, and controlling.

What is Leadership?

-Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization. It is the art of getting someone else to do something you want to be done because they want to do it. Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill, encompassing the ability of an individual or entity to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. It involves in parts: establishing a clear vision, sharing that vision with others so that they will follow willingly, providing the information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision, and coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders.

While the main difference perceived between leadership and management is that leaders have individuals follow them, while managers have people who work for them. The fact remains that a leader requires management skills and a manager requires leadership skills. Yes, 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.

This is our mission at Progressive Human Development Services: To continuously provide knowledge and skills, both in leadership and management.