Many people in all types of organizations often confuse leadership with management – assuming they are synonymous or interchangeable terms. When leaders understand the differences and how the qualities can be applied in their organization, positive change can take place.
Leadership is about behavior while management is about process.
Don’t misunderstand me on this. I believe that all organizations should have the correct systems and processes in place to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. But leadership is about more than that! You can be the best manager on Planet Earth and still not be a leader. Leaders truely are different!
Leadership is about effectively communicating your vision. It’s about caring for your team and the team understanding you care about them. Leadership is about serving and doing – the phrase “leadership by example” is more than just words. It’s about listening – intently. It’s about including your team. Leadership is about morals and character – both in the workplace and in your personal life. Leadership is about being bold when it’s not convenient. It’s about doing the right thing and having the tough conversations. Leadership is about being consistent with people while constantly stretching them and yourself.
If leadership was easy, everyone would be one. Have you ever noticed how many managers there are and how few actual leaders there are?
If you want to be a leader and not just a manager, I challenge you to begin today by thinking and acting differently!