Leadership vs Management

The Observer of Management Education|March 2020

Leadership vs Management
Leadership and Managers are two widely discussed topics.
John Pereira

The difference between the two is always talked about. First is there any difference between the two? And if YES then what is the difference? According to Wikipedia Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. It is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen”.

While Management or the job of managers according to Wikipedia “Management in all business and human organization activity is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives. Management comprises planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization (a group of one or more people or entities) or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal”.

According to Debdoot Ghosh co-owner Krypton Infomedia “Managers have subordinates and Leaders have followers. Managers have a position of authority conferred upon them by the company, and their subordinates work for them and largely do as they are told. The manager tells the subordinate what to do, and the subordinate does this not because they are a blind robot, but because they have been promised a reward for doing so. Leaders do not have subordinates at least not when they are leading”.

Leadership and management are terms that are often used interchangeably in the business world to depict someone who manages a team of people. In reality leadership vs. management have very different meanings. The debate starts from who is more important the leader or the manager in an organization. To be a great manager you must understand what it takes to also be a great leader. Debdoot adds “Leaders seize opportunities and amplify strengths; Managers avert threats and reduce weaknesses. Both they develop together leadership is doing the right thing; management is doing things right. Both are required for effective corporate growth: leadership risk creates opportunities while management strictness turns them into tangible results”.

Firstly let’s begin by looking at the characteristics of a Manager.


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March 2020