What's the Difference Between a Manager and a Leader? (Part 2)
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, October 09 2005 19:00|
Last week we discussed the differences between managers and leaders. This week let’s look at managing and leading from a different angle.
To reiterate from last week, Zaleznik theorized that leading and managing are not merely different skill sets, but represent attributes of fundamentally different kinds of people.
In 1990, however, Harvard management guru John Kotter argued that executives could be both leader and manager. He said that one person can and should embody both characteristics -- -that management and leadership complement each other.
Personally, I agree with Kotter that managing and leading are not necessarily mutually exclusive functions and roles. Instead of trying to type someone as a leader or manager, perhaps we could call them all executives, then with a propensity for leading or managing.
Here’s another look at the comparisons from the previous Weekly Briefing. I’ve changed managers to management, and leaders to leadership. See what you think...
Bottom line? People are much more complex and difficult to slot as “this” or “that.” No doubt you could picture yourself doing all or any of the above depending on the needs of the moment.
Whether you think leaders and managers are fundamentally different kind of people, or that leadership and management are merely different roles that can be played by the same person -- both leading and managing are essential success factors.
So what’s your take? And how can it change or improve the way you do ministry and life in general?
Kotter, J. P. (1990, 2001). What leadership really do. Harvard Business Review, 79(11), 85-96.
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