In an ever-increasing competitive workplace, how we show up matters. If you want to get ahead, you have to show up as a leader – not a manager. The difference between leadership vs management is big, and the distinction between the two matters.
Leadership requires a unique set of skills. Leaders develop a vision and communicate that vision so effectively that everyone understands their role in achieving the vision. Leaders build high performing teams by hiring talented individuals and investing in their professional development. There is a level of management involved in leadership, but leadership is not just about completing tasks; rather, it’s also about driving results.
Managers make the business world go round. When goals and objectives are set, managers are the implementers. They get things done. Management requires planning, organizing and controlling the various aspects of projects and the related outcomes. Managers are process oriented. They rely on other people, primarily subordinates, to complete tasks and move projects along. Managers delegate set deadlines and evaluate work product. They also course-correct when needed.
You can see that many of the same qualities overlap, but there are some key differences.
The key differences between leaders and managers are as follows.
Management is an essential skill required to perform effectively. It is also a foundational skill that can evolve into leadership. But, leadership is a combination of personal qualities that inspire others to follow. Here are some key skills to develop if you're looking to advance from being a manager to a leader.
As an aspiring leader, setting high standards requires that you develop a strategic and compelling vision for who you want to be and what you want to achieve. It is that vision that will provide you with the drive and perseverance to attain your leadership goals. In setting high standards for yourself, consider the following questions.
Ellie Nieves, JD, MBA, develops webinars, seminars, and coaching programs to help high achieving women show up, speak up and step up in their careers. She is also the host of the Leadership Strategies for Women Podcast where she shares success tips to help women achieve more both personally and professionally. To learn more, go to www.EllieNieves.com.
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