The terms leader and manager are often used interchangeably. Are they the same? Most leadership experts say “no.”
In Leading Change, Harvard professor John P. Kotter explains the difference as follows: “Management is a set of processes that keep an organization functioning… The processes are about planning, budgeting, staffing, clarifying jobs, measuring performance, and problem-solving when results did not go to plan,” writes Kotter. (“Leadership, in contrast,) is about aligning people to the vision…(through) buy-in and communication, motivation and inspiration."
To summarize, management is keeping things functioning in their current state, while leadership is about crafting and implementing a new vision.Read More