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Management vs. Leadership

Have you ever thought about the difference between management and leadership? Do you use the words interchangeably? John Kotter makes a clear distinction in his book Force For Change: How Leadership Differs from Management.
Leadership is about the future; creating vision and strategy, communicating and setting direction and motivating and aligning people. Management is about the present; planning and budgeting, organizing and resourcing, controlling and problem solving.
Without leadership, organizations move too slowly, stagnate, and lose their way. Without management, organizations are inefficient, unproductive and out of control.
Leadership is about doing the right thing. Management is about doing things right.
Transformational change requires both great leadership and great management.
When you lead a change take the time to understand where you are on the continuum of leadership and management. Make sure that the right balance exists to achieve your objectives.
Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” ~ Joel A. Barker

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