Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Leadership And Management Concepts - What's The Difference?

Leadership And Management Concepts - What's The Difference?
Change and Complexities are two generic essential
 considerations in managing a
corporate team.
According to Kotter (1998) leadership is about managing with change while management is coping with complexities.

Managing with change has something to do with setting a direction, aligning people and motivating and inspiring them (Kotter, 1998).

Coping with complexities on the other hand is strongly associated with planning and budgeting, organizing and staffing, and controlling and problem solving (Kotter, 1998).

Although leadership is integral component of management function, what exactly differentiates it from the management concept is the inclusion of influence in it.

For example, motivating or inspiring people includes strong level of influence while controlling or problem solving should be part in management activities without prior consideration of influencing others to move to a certain direction with associated major obstacles to change. It is in this reason that management creates subordinates, while leadership ends up with obtaining followers.

In leadership, there is high value given for communicating the new direction or vision to followers, emphasizing the need for change, while management ensures organizational structure, delegation of responsibility and creation of systems that could monitor actual implementation. It is purely coping with complexities indeed.


Kotter, J. P. (1998). Harvard Business Review on Leadership: What Leaders Really Do. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

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