Insights for Leaders

Leadership vs Management

Posted on: July 16th, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
— Stephen R. Covey

Leadership guru, Warren Bennis, offers an insightful differentiation between leadership and management: “The leader innovates; the manager administrates. The leader focuses on people; the manager focuses on systems and structure. The leader inspires; the manager controls. The leader sees the long-term; the manager sees the short-term. The leader asks what and why? The manager asks how and when?”

The Bottom Line: Leadership and management require opposing skill sets and organizations need both to flourish.