Leadership vs. Management

Don’t know who said this, but it has stuck with me for years:

“Managing means doing things right. Leading means doing the right thing. Sometimes they match, sometimes they don’t.”

Discuss. :)

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2 Responses to “Leadership vs. Management”


  1. 1 Stephen Buckley August 17, 2009 at 11:53 am

    That’s a variation on the thought that Management is about managing “things”, whereas Leadership is about leading “people”.

    Directing a worker to “go and fix the broken widgets” is largely Management. Leadership is when you *also* let the worker know that, in addition to being a “fixer”, you recognize that they have a brain, and would appreciate their thoughts on how to prevent “broken widgets” in the first place.

    Unfortunately, even though a lot is said about Leadership in “the New Way”, the workers recognize it as mostly empty rhetoric. Not surprisingly, they continue to work in “the Old Way”.

    It is this failure of Leadership (“Do as I say, not as I do.”) that experts agree is the #1 reason for failure to change an organization to work in “the New Way”.

  2. 2 sethipriya123 November 1, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for sharing the information about Leadership vs Mangement


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