Over the weekend, I was reminded that being a leader requires sacrifice to build trust and a sense of belonging. It was way past my bedtime, and I wanted nothing more than to head home. I could have easily called an Uber but I pushed through and stayed to the end. It was worth it!
It is a common belief that management and leadership are the same roles. It is common that a manager also plays the part of the leader; however, these two roles are truly separate in function and in the way they add to the success of an organization. By understanding the difference between management and leadership you will become more effective in helping others see the road ahead.
Managers help ensure their employees and tools work together in the most efficient way possible. A manager makes sure those employees are well-trained, motivated, and rested and that they know what they’re supposed to do next.
A leader, on the other hand, makes sure that we’re going in the right direction before the work begins. To be an effective leader, you must present a clear vision and a road you are willing to walk on first.
By understanding the difference between management and leadership you will become more effective in helping others see the road ahead.
There are times when it is appropriate for a leader to fill a management role, but it is vital to understand the difference between leadership and management so you can be effective no matter which role you happen to be filling at a given time.