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Management versus Leadership
4/8/2010 5:50:26 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

Leadership, management

The terms leadership and management are often used interchangeably. But the truth is, these are different words and they mean different things. 

Management administrates the people, processes and systems to ensure that an organization’s goals are attained. Management also oversees an organization’s day-to-day operations. This is a critical component to being a successful leader, but there should be more.
John Maxwell, in his book, the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership[1], illuminates five myths of leadership. In other words, what leadership is not:
The Management Myth—Leadership and management are different. Both are important, but, managing things is not leadership.
The Entrepreneur Myth—people tend to admire those who are innovators, and those who can create great ideas and concepts around which a business can be formed. But, being an inventor or entrepreneur is not the same as being a leader.
The Knowledge Myth—“Knowledge is power” is a common thought, but we cannot assume that because a person is intelligent and knowledgeable that they are leaders. For example, you can look at the faculties of many universities and find brilliant minds, scientists and great thinkers, but who have little if any capacity to lead.
The Pioneer Myth—those who are out in front, pursuing exploration, are not necessarily the leaders. They may have a pioneering spirit to explore the unknown, but they may not have the leadership skills to influence others to follow along and act on their vision. They may even be “lone wolves” or mavericks rather that team players and effective leaders.
The Position Myth—“It is not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.”
Leadership is about taking accountability for the overall direction of an organization. This includes some of the major challenges and changes that are being faced in many of today’s businesses. A real leader is accountable for the people, resources, processes and progress of the organization. 
Both management and leadership are essential for businesses and individuals to succeed. The best managers are also good leaders. They are able to run the day to day business smoothly and effectively, but they also have a vision for the people and business that they represent.

Many thanks,

Angela Gallogly, ATC Vice President of USA Operations 

[1] The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Follow Them and People Will Follow You, John. C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson, Inc, 1998, p 11-20.
Renewed Focus on Teams
12/7/2009 12:22:15 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

empowerment, Leadership, teams

We want to share an interesting observation with you – the most searched part of our website in the past few months is on the topic of team development. In addition, the number of hits has increased dramatically in the past two months.

What might this suggest? Well, one thought is that many organizations are feeling a special area of pain following recent restructurings and staff reductions. Many of these same companies have leaders that recognize that strong teams can be an essential ingredient to pull through tough times and move on towards a healthy recovery.
Existing team structures are often upset significantly through the processes of re-organization, and new or increased investment in team development can be very useful to re-build damaged team structures.
It will be interesting to see how this materializes in the coming months as we see more companies begin to reinvest in people and organizational development. We will provide you with updates through this blog.
In some cases, re-establishing high levels of empowerment will be critical because of the reductions among leadership teams.
There is one powerful and critical suggestion that we would emphasize – equip your leaders and teams with solid knowledge about the processes of empowerment.
Avoid mistakes that were often made in the past. Many managers rushed toward empowerment, recognizing the potential that exists in a highly empowered team environment. Unfortunately, they did not understand the process, and the result was “entitlement” rather than empowerment, which is a very negative and costly organizational illness.
Push to move your leaders and teams along the “empowerment journey,” but take the time and make the investment to do it correctly.

Warm regards, 

President, Advanced Team Concepts



Observations on Leadership and Teams
12/4/2009 8:00:20 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

change, Leadership

This is a new blog on Advanced Team Concepts’ website. We feel it is a critical time to be in dialogue on issues important to organizations.

Within the USA and much of the world, we are in a period of change that is dramatic.
Change is certainly not new to any of us, but the pace of change has really been accelerating. To keep pace, it may be important for all of us to keep our finger on the pulse of what is transforming around us.
This particular period also finds countries and companies trying to emerge from a long season of economic trouble and challenge. As with many similar periods in the past, this can leave the heads of leaders spinning with questions:
·         Where to go from here?
·         What now should be driving our priorities?
·         After restructuring and downsizing, how can the survivors cope and continue?
In the coming weeks we will include postings on relevant leadership topics, advice and thoughts from our coaching experts, and possibly other organizational development topics. Key members of the Advanced Team Concepts team will be contributing. We look forward to your comments and suggestions as we go.
Larry Meeker
President, Advanced Team Concepts

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