Man­ag­ing and lead­ing are not the same things

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - COLLEEN COATES

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:

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