Strategic Decision-Making

Comparing Leadership and Management

When comparing leadership to management you can see some differences if you truly look into the definitions and examples of each. Leadership is defined more as being a positive role model that guides a person or group of people toward a goal with positive energy. They focus more on the path to the goal and can be seen in all parts of life, not just in a business position. A manager should embody the qualities of a leader in order to better do their job, which shifts focus to the business side of goals. Managers are often in charge of other employees, setting up and executing business and budget plans and watch the successes and failures of said plans and budgets to adjust them when needed. A manager isn’t necessarily a leader, but should strive to be one in order to keep their company cohesive, confident, and positively working together to reach success in the business.

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 Leadership is the action of leading a group of people or an organization; also being in the state or position of being a leader. As stated above, a leader can be found in areas of life that do not include the work or business settings. Leaders focus on the positive outcomes and strive toward those goals for whatever they’re working toward in order to achieve success. Leadership skills should be embodied by not only managerial position holders, but all employees in some form. This doesn’t mean everyone trying to take the lead on everything, rather each person finds their niche and a way to help guide others positively toward their one common goal. Leaders build positive relationships built on trust, inspiration, and providing opportunities for positive growth for the person or group of people they’re leading.

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Management is the process of dealing with or controlling things or people. You don’t necessarily have to be a manager to be a leader or vice versa, and in many cases, managers do not embody the qualities of a leader, unfortunately. Mangers are those who (depending on the line of work they’re in) plan budgets, menus, recruit and/or train staff, promote or market their company and/or order/keep inventory of necessary stock. Managers that embody leadership are often more hands on with their coworkers and employees and are seen frequently interacting with them in a positive manner. Managerial responsibilities are necessary, but if not done with at least a touch of leadership, managers can be seen as not understanding of their coworkers and/or employees and can lack the effective communication skills because of that.


Management skills and tasks are necessary to keep a goal on track, especially for a business, however more successful would be if a manager would embody great leadership skills. These two skills while separate, truly go together to create the greatest success in any situation. Organization with positive role modeling is the best quality a successful person can possess whether in a work or personal life situation. Leadership guides the person or group to the goals management has set in order to be successful. In the end, the most successful people embrace both leadership and managerial aspects in personal and professional life and are open to change and adaption to keep successful.

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