Managing and leading are not the same things
THE terms “management” and “leadership” are often used interchangeably in the working world. But while they have both come to represent the person in charge of leading a group of people, the reality is that these two terms are as different in meaning as they are in approach.
According to Steve Pilote, senior consultant, leadership development at People First, the characteristics of leadership include charisma (enthusiasm, optimism and the ability to motivate and inspire), focused vision (being innovative and results-driven), participatory nature (fostering teamwork and collaboration), and emotional intelligence (ability to identify, assess, control and effectively utilize the knowledge of emotions of oneself and others).
“People don’t want to be managed, they want to be led,” says Pilote. “Simply put, management is the process of ensuring that the program and the objectives of the organization are implemented. Leadership, on the other hand, has to do with casting a vision and motivating people. It’s really about relationships.”
Pilote points out that all of us know people we would describe as a leader — coaches, heads of committees, organization leaders, politicos. They captivate us and have an ability to influence our behaviour.
“By thinking about a leader we would want to emulate, and realizing the qualities that distinguish them from others, we begin to understand what good leadership looks like.”
Here are some basic differences between managers and leaders: