Leadership and Management
In most companies people assume that management equals leadership, but some companies have a management role separated from a leadership role. Although the difference may seem minimal, further investigation shows great contrast. According to the article “The difference between Leadership and Management,” “Leadership is about setting a new direction for a group; management is about directing and controlling according to established principles. However, someone can be a symbolic leader if they emerge as the spearhead of a direction the group sets for itself.”
A manager has a sense of authority. They are given guidelines of the processes that should be maintained within the company. They have the authority to give people responsibilities, but also to take them away. This authority can at times isolate the manager from the employees. On the other hand someone in a leadership role has the ability to be more interactive with employees. A leaders’ role is to set an example for employees. They have the ability to be comfortable with people and give advice, without taking a position of authority. The leader is usually the person that maintains chaos in the office and is the mediator between the employees and management.
Some companies may feel that management and leadership are one role. This is true in the sense that each manager has to be a leader, but the conflict lies in the struggle between the two. Employees can come to resent their manager because of the rules they have to enforce. With a leader in place a separate relationship can be established. It gives employees a person that they can come to when issues arise that they may not feel comfortable talking to the manager about.
Whether a company has the management and leadership roles separated or combined, it is important to understand the individual roles they both play in a company. Both the leadership and management role contribute significantly to the level of success a company will have. Having this knowledge gives companies the upper hand in running a successful business.
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