What’s the Difference Between Management and Leadership?

Jason’s new blog post: “What’s the Difference Between Management and Leadership?” on our DiSC Profiles blog.

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Leadership is one of the most researched and published topics over the past 20 years.  Right now, you can walk into almost any book store and find 25-100 books on leadership best practices, tips, tricks, do’s and don’ts. But what’s the difference between management and leadership? Isn’t a manager a leader and vice versa?

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Some still think so, but we beg to differ.

Management and Leadership Differences

You might be thinking, “Wait, is this one of those ‘a manager can be a leader, but a leader can’t be a manager’ things?”  Not really. Management, in its basic form is progressing throughout the workday with little to no incident.  Most managers work to make sure things stay the same and their employees do their job.  Their primary focus is to oversee the day to day activities of their staff and make sure things run smoothly.

Leadership takes it a step further. Leadership is having a “strategic mindset” versus a “day to day mindset.” Leaders develop a vision; they rally the troops and make big things happen.  Leaders push the boundaries, break through barriers and forge new paths!  Leaders find ways to not only meet the goal, but surpass it.

Effective leaders also have people willingly following them.  John Maxwell once said, “If you think you are a leader, but no one is following you, you’re just taking a walk.”   

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