You lead and empower people. You manage and control the resources to enable them to succeed.
How are leadership and management different, and are they mutually exclusive? In my view, management is a component of leadership, and one without the other is inadequate. Leadership includes inspiring and empowering others to achieve a vision, and management involves the coordination of resources to realize the vision.
In my experience, a leader with a vision is just dreaming unless they have a plan to move themselves and others towards achieving the vision. Once a vision is in place, this is where the important leadership component of management comes into play: the calibration of keeping on track with the vision at hand.
About the Author
Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC, CPHR, SHRM-SCP
As the founder and voice behind eLeadership Academy™, Sandra McDowell helps leaders and organizations increase performance and well-being by leveraging neuroscience insights to harness the untapped power of the brain.