Leadership and Management – Two of the most heard words in the corporate world!
Initially those two words continuously confused me. Ever since the school days, everyone talked about having leadership qualities and there were workshops to start building those. It’s the first word to hear out of the two, and later, Management came in as a subject.
From there onward those two words were used inter-changeably, sometimes without even addressing what would have been the correct word to choose. It’s acceptable that those two go together, meaning there is an attachment with each other. May be that’s the reason for using them quite often together.
But, what’s the real difference?
I can relate leadership more into group work. And Management is not necessarily have to do with a group.
Talking about management first, it can start with yourselves. You can manage things in life, may be both personal as well as professional. Having the day organized is also a flavor of management. For those who are interested in starting a career in management, it’s better to start with your lives. There are plenty of lessons to be learned about managing a day, a week and a month to achieve certain things. If you started to get comfortable and to see expected results, there it’s a good indication that you are ready to take over major and more responsible tasks.
And it should inspire you as well. The more you involve in managing things, the more intention and curiosity should be built inside of you. If you are not passionate enough with what you do, it’s better to quit it for a better option without delaying it, as it would save you a lot of time in the long run.
Leadership, where does is plug into that equation?
It always has to do with more people. It’s a quality which will radiate out of you, and that will bring success for a team or a group. It’s necessary for every person to have unique and successful leadership qualities if he/she is leading a team, or be responsible for a team effort. It’s also important to inspire all the team members as well during the journey, as they will rely on you and automatically you’ll become a role model for them. That comes with a bit more responsibility, unlike just managing stuff, you’ll have to be extra cautious about your decisions. The things won’t be perfect all the time, and there will be times that you’ll fail. If you are dare enough to be a leader, you’ll definitely will be able to manage all the positive and negative aspects which will come on your way.
What’s the relationship between the two?
If you are manager, then you may have better managerial qualities. But you can make yourself a better manager – who will stand out from the others, when you have leadership qualities as well. If you can set an example for others in doing things, and continuously find new ways of handling matters, you’ll feel how much you are getting comfortable in managing things in your life. If you are responsible for a project, your creativity will make your life easy which comes as a by-product out of being a leader.
Finally, more work has to be done to develop leadership skills and it takes time. It’s the same reason why it’s advisable to start early. Everyone should identify their own method of leading styles. Try to be unique and develop communication skills as well. There is a lot you can do with your PR skills, and if you could win people’s hearts, you can utilize that to achieve many things.