What is the Difference between Leadership and Management Decision-Making?

What is Leadership Decision Making?

Different and alike, both Leadership and Management play a key role in businesses. The main difference between management and leadership is that leaders don’t necessarily hold or occupy a management position (Monnappa, 2018). A leader doesn’t have to be an authority figure in the organization because a leader can be anyone. A leader organizes and partakes in tasks and projects while showing their passion for work they do. Leaders also want their followers to succeed and reach their own goals. A manager is the member of an organization with the responsibility of carrying out the four important functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Most managers are also leaders, but only if they can efficiently perform the leadership responsibilities of management, which include communication, motivation, providing inspiration and guidance, and encouraging employees to rise to a higher level of productivity. A leader can exist without a manager and a manager can technically exist without being a leader however in my opinion, without having leadership qualities a manager is not likely to succeed long term.

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Leadership strategic decision-making has an impact not only in business but also on the lives of individuals, communities, competition, markets, society, and culture. I grew up in the small town of Grafton. It was so small it was actually called Grafton Village. The main leadership role there was our mayor. She made any major decisions regarding new buildings, construction, new laws, and anything related to the community as a whole. It just so happened her family also owned half of Grafton and each of them was a leader in their own way. This included one of them running the family restaurant “The Unicorn” as a manager.  The Flannigan’s are a prime example of someone being a leader and a manager.

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Managers are required to make decisions based around the company as a whole as well as the employees working there. A leader leads others in the completion of tasks and responsibilities. The two roles sound similar but for example if you have a store like Walmart, the store manager oversees all of the employees in the whole store including the shift leaders. The shift leaders oversee their department during their shift and the employees that work in it. There is also a shift manager who oversees those shift leaders which all leads back to the store manager who is in charge of both the shift leaders and shift managers. Managers and leaders both lead by example so it’s imperative that they show professionalism and the willing to learn and have passion for their work.


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