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Are you a leader or a manager?

Posted by Phil Owens
Phil Owens
Philip is one of Australia’s leading performance and leadership specialists. He
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on Thursday, 21 February 2013
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I am finding that when I raise this question with clients and in presentations to groups, everyone 'wants' to be leader rather than a manager (what' does it sound 'sexier?').  People have difficulty understanding the difference, and why it is so important to an organisation to have both leaders and managers.

'Leadership' can be a fuzzy concept.  What really is leadership, and how does it relate to management, or even to performance?  What, then, is management?

An easy way to think about management and leadership is to consider how they impact upon company process.  An organisation establishes processes to simplify, standardise and quantify tasks.  Every organisation has processes.  Some have them written up in big, thick, manuals; and others are just 'remembered ways of doing business'.  Process is important because people don't have to relearn, or reinvent, the task steps to complete repeated jobs.

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