What's the Difference Between a Manager and a Leader? (Part 1)
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, October 02 2005 19:00|
In 1977 Abraham Zaleznik published what became a landmark article in the world of management literature.
According to Harvard Business Review editors, Zaleznik uncovered a flaw in the structure-and-control-oriented management theory of the time: the failure to lift the human spirit to envision a different future and create a sense of meaning in one’s work. It radically changed the way managers and leaders look at things!
While it would be silly to over-generalize from these distinctions, here’s a summary of what Zaleznik had to say:
As you can see, Zaleznik found fundamental differences between leaders and managers. Organizations and ministries need both, of course, and the potential for running off the most competent managers or the most innovative leaders is a legitimate concern. The question is how to make a place for both. How can we help leaders and managers not only co-exist, but appreciate and support each other?
How about you? Are you more manager or more leader? What does your discipleship ministry to men need right now? Are you the one to provide it? If not, who can you recruit to co-labor with you?
Your brother in the battle,
Zaleznik, A. (1977, 2004). Managers and leaders: are they different? Harvard Business Review, (82)1, 74-81.