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Management versus Leadership
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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.

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