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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?

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.

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.

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.

Mike Lorrey Venture Recruitment at Family Office Venture Capital - FamilyOffice.VC

October 10th, 2016

From my experience, leadership is demonstrated by competency, by doing. It is earned as a form of respect. Military ideas of command and obey only work when your workers have no choice but to work for you. Retaining quality talent that can find anyone else to work for takes something far more responsive, along the lines of coaching and working to enable the employee to be most effective at their own job, they see the value you add to the enterprise over and above just a group of people working together, that you value them and their contributions.  Mike Lorrey bntholdings@yahoo.com

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!

Sheri Murad Regional Head of Talent Management, North America at Firmenich

October 10th, 2016

There's a quote by Charles Lauer that says "Leaders don't force people to follow, they invite them on a journey."  I think the quote directly relates to your question.  Many people can manage ... they can hire, fire, train, ensure timelines are met, but they don't always possess leadership qualities.  A leader is someone who inspires you such that you want to be part of their journey ... you want to be part of the path to their vision.  It is rare that you find a manager who embodies leadership qualities.  When you do, you should foster these traits through Leadership Development programs and continue to grow the person within your organization.   

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. 

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

October 10th, 2016

Management and Leadership.