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Management vs Leadership?

vinod kumar QA Engineer and Team Lead at Code Brew Labs

October 10th, 2016

In my opinion top managers have to be leaders. They could never earn necessary respect and have authority over the people/teams they manage. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that management and leadership have to come in one package?
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Tom Cunniff Founder at Cunniff Consulting, B2B Brand Consultancy

October 10th, 2016

Few managers are leaders. Most are good people with the best intentions, but simply follow the lead of whoever is above them. They are good soldiers, and many excel at getting things done. But to be a leader requires questioning whether the right things are being done, and convincing others to change direction -- and that requires more curiosity and courage than most people possess.

Conversely, some leaders are not managers. Some are young people who have the people skills and talent to lead without having an official title. Others are people who are subject matter experts who are highly respected but either can't or don't want to manage others.

Managers who are also leaders are actually quite rare -- and quite valuable.

Max Garkavtsev CEO at QArea, TestFort

October 11th, 2016

I see what you have said as well as what you meant between those lines. You want to hear other people saying that leadership is superior to management.

Well, that's just a common misconception among Millennials.

Frankly, both sides of the coin are pivotal and while poor management destroys companies in a heartbeat (qarea.com/articles/people-management-challenges-startup-founder) over-the-top leadership kills slowly and painfully.


It's just that you are comparing wrong things my friend. Leadership is a qualitative metric, while management is quantitative. You can't just lead a team of passionate professionals to their doom because you had no plan, right?


Please use both. And use them wisely.

Guna Turaga Repairs - Advisory - Investing

October 10th, 2016

Formal education around the world has attuned us to be manage things & situations for one & all. So, management is ingrainded over these couple of decades of schoooling. Whereas, leadership is a very concious, every-day choice to handle similar as well as disparate situations at work with more maturity & wisdom for organisation's benefit & well-being. 

Jerome Peloquin President, Family Fish Farms Network, Inc.

October 11th, 2016

Management and Leadership are often confused because they are so closely related in the hierarchy. It should be: Supervision, Managment, Leadership ... there is a corrolary and it is the confusion between Sales & Marketing. Sales is NOT marketing and Marketing is NOT sales. However, let's further define our terms. There are two kinds of leadership: Transactional Leadership is close to Managment as it is the ability to inspire and direct others towards a common specific goal or objective. Transformational Leadership is the ability to see the future and to lead the changes necessary to meet it successfuly. Also, it is not necessary that one be a manager to be a leader. Leaders often arise in times of crisis or opportunity. They have a vision and passion and it drives others to the same path and vision. My point is that leadership is a quality not a position. jj Jerome Peloquin President The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc. 717 Lawrence Street, NE Washington, DC, 20017 cell: (410) 227-0498 (Skype) fishfarms1 LinkedIn Profile email: aquaponikus@gmail.com website: www.thefamilyfishfarmsnetwork.com We grow healthy local food ... save fresh clean water ... create decent paying jobs.

Jerome Peloquin President, Family Fish Farms Network, Inc.

October 10th, 2016

Ok ... so here goes.

I don't agree.  Management is supervision essentially, it is the art of getting things done through others as Peter Drucker said.  Leadership is transformational.  It is inspiring, creative, courageous and evangelical.  Managers are, "minders of the store," while leaders are builders of the next generation store ... they inspire loyalty and commitment and the best of them are paradigms of integrity.

Can one be one or the other, certainly.  Most are not.  Good leaders are often not good managers and good managers are usually not leaders.

Rod Abbamonte Co Founder at STARTREK / @startupHunter / @startupWay / @CoFounderFound / @GOcapital / @startupClub / @lastminute

October 10th, 2016

Management and Leadership.

Zhenya Rozinskiy Partner at Agile Fuel

October 10th, 2016

I agree, the higher you get the more leadership abilities you should have. I actually wrote a short blog on the subject some time ago. 
http://www.rozinskiy.com/managers-vs-leaders-personality/

Sebastien Mirolo CEO DjaoDjin inc.

October 10th, 2016

Management describes a formal relationship of power top-down. Typically a manager has the authority to fire his direct reports. Leadership is a informal relationship bottom-up. People choose to follow a leader. They can decide to follow someone else or even follow different people based on the situation and decision required.

A manager's role is more often than not to keep the organization behave with integrity. Leaders by definition will push the frontier. A good manager let natural leaders emerge and flourish within the rules of the organization.

I am not sure it is wise to compound both manager and leader into a single role (see. the rationale to have both CTO and COO). Of course most people can act as either, manager or leader, in different situations. They should though stay aware when they take on which role.

Tom DiClemente Management Consulting | Interim CEO/COO | Coach

October 10th, 2016

When you say top managers, I have to assume you are talking about CEOs who are the "top managers". In that context, with few exceptions, it is better that the CEO is more leader than manager, usually dramatically much more a leader than a manager. Some do bring both qualities to the position and there are some CEOs who are successful being primarily managers. But generally, leadership qualities are needed to create and preach a vision and get buy in to that vision from everyone in the organization. Leadership qualities are also needed to invoke strategic thinking and strategic problem solving in an organization. These are all necessary ingredients to an organization reaching its goals. But when we talk about leadership, keep in mind that one of the very best predictors of leadership ability is high EQ! Know about EQ and you will know most of what qualities make an effective leader!

Silvia Salomon Consultant, Trainer in Organizational Communication and Organizational Well-Being

October 11th, 2016

Absolutely so! First of all, if you lead your team properly, management comes by itself. Secondly, when you have earned the respect of the people you manage by being a good leader, they will try their best ever to accomplish the deeds and reach the goals you set for them. Thirdly, if you are a good leader, namely you take care of the people you manage, those people are helthy and happy and can be more productive. Unfortunately, I have seen so many managers over the years...and so few leaders. Silvia 2016-10-10 18:20 GMT+02:00 vinod kumar :