Hello Welcome to today’s presentation Our topic: Right Tree? Wrong Jungle! : The Difference between Leadership & Mgt
My name is Trina Roach from Creating Tomorrow: TLC I am an executive coach, consultant and trainer, with more than 30 years of experience on both sides of the Atlantic. During this time I’ve experienced what can happen when there is no clear understanding of the difference between the role of a leadership and the role of management. That’s what this brief presentation is about.
We’ll be covering the following topics: What are some crucial differences between leaders and managers? What is the leadership rôle? How is that rôle evolving?
Let’s begin by looking at some of the basic differences between leaders and managers
Although it’s incorrect, the terms “leader” and “manager” –are often used interchangeably In truth not all leaders actually have good managerial skills – and they don’t necessarily need them! On the other hand, exceptional managers will develop and exhibit leadership skills within the sphere of their direct influence.
Now let’s have a look at what managers and leaders do within an organization: Managers are responsible for following directives, as well as enforcing organizational rules: - They coordinate staff effort to ensure that processes run smoothly, deadlines are met and the expected quality is delivered - It’s their job to react to – or better yet: anticipate – anything that would impact the process to avoid or control risks to a successful outcome **In contrast, the role of leadership encompasses actively seeking out new business opportunities and knowing when it makes sense to take a calculated risk - leaders offer the people within an organization something to believe in - and are not afraid to change the rules of engagement to ensure the organization evolves according to the demands of the world around it - a leader is also someone who has the talent of inspiring achievement in others, while continuing to achieve him-/herself
In other words, a leader is someone who knows how to utilize their knowledge, attitudes and behavior to influence people to a achieve a desired mission or goal .
How do people who are effective leaders actually lead? Leaders possess a deep conviction. In other words, they wholeheartedly believe in what they do. Leaders are prepared to take the necessary calculated risks in order to fulfill their mission. That means they are not afraid to challenge the status quo and make changes to an organization in order to prepare it to achieve success By inspiring their people, Leaders generate the critical mass needed to move forward Leaders also impose context, giving everyone involved a concrete feel for their own role and the value of their contribution towards achieving the common goal
The upper floors of some organizations seem to be inhabited only by managers. In other organizations priority is given to smooth-running processes and expected results, undermining the visionary responsibilities of leadership. That why it’s important to remember that leadership is about direction, while management is about guaranteeing the speed, coordination and logistics you need to move forward in that direction. A familiar comparison illustrates the situation like this: This begs the question: Can there be any progress – no matter how smoothly things are going – if you’re not moving in the right direction?
Now let’s have a look at what a leader does to fill out that role
First of all, leaders invites people to be a part of their vision. One of the most persuasive quotes I’ve ever read, delineating the difference between true leadership and management is by French pilot and writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and says: “ If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea ”
Effective leaders are rôle models. They provide the people within their organization with a surface upon which to project their own professional dreams and aspirations. Former White House adviser, David Gergen, correctly states: ““ A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there. ” Just as effective leaders inspire confidence in people, they will also inspire people to have confidence in themselves.
To truly lead people, you have to know them – and give them an opportunity to know you. By interacting with the people within their organization and exhibiting genuine interest in their thoughts, opinions and lives, leaders lay a solid foundation for trust and loyalty.
To quote Donald H. McGannon , “ Leadership is action, not position. ” In other words, it will be a leader’s actions – not their business cards – that motivate loyalty, trust and respect. It is ultimately their actions and the quality of their relationships with people, that provide great leaders with the trust and support they need and ensure them their following.
Now – let’s take a look into the near future of leadership…
Leadership styles on both sides of the Atlantic have evolved exponentially in the last decades. This has as much to do with a changing of the generational guard from within, as it does with the growing pressure of such external factors as market globalization on both national and international organizations. Where old-style leaders reserved the right to make all important decisions themselves, and chose to stay in total control, The current shift in leadership best practice emphasizes valuing your people more and empowering them to make a more differentiated and effective contribution to the overall success of an organization. The so-called “new” leader has – on one hand - the role of creating and inspiring a vision of change within the workforce while simultaneously being responsible for valuing and applying their knowledge and skills towards the common goal.
From the time of the Industrial Revolution the main thrust of leadership has continued to evolve as market conditions changes. Early Leadership for Results and Productivity allowed more and more people to benefit from manufactured versus home-made good and products. This period eventually segued into Leadership for Stability and Certainty following the two World wars. Leadership for Ingenuity and Creativity brought new inventions and provided unheard of convenience for consumers. Later, Leadership for relationships and integration changed the status of the workforce and further opened up the workplace for women and minorities In this century, organization are rallying around leadership for life purpose, vision and learning – encouraging people to maintain a cycle of continuous learning that nurtures the vision for an organization while being simultaneously in sync with their own life’s purpose.
In the past the image of the leadership rôle was often based on the amount of control one had – or the number of privileges and perks your position afforded you. In today’s business landscape successful leaders are becoming more and more aware of their need to serve their organization – including its people – in order to really achieve great things during their tenure. That’s why I found this quote from Tony Morgan so appropriate.
I’d like to leave you with this quote by Lao Tzu
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I am Trina Roach from Creating Tomorrow: The Leadership Consultancy
Right Tree? Wrong Jungle! The Difference between Leadership and Management
Right Tree – Wrong Jungle? The Difference Between Leadership and Management
Trina Roach Creating Tomorrow: The Leadership Consultancy Executive Coach, Consultant & Trainer • 25 yrs. experience in the communications and training/development industries • Specialization: - Leadership Facilitation (Executive and Team Coaching; Leadership Skills Training) - Leadership in Ideas (Communications Coaching; e.g. the “Presentation Warrior” workshop series - Leaders of Tomorrow (Recruitment of and Skills Training for “Right” Potentials) „ Creating Tomorrow…by taking positive action today!“
What we‘ll be talking about… <ul><li>Leadership vs. Management </li></ul><ul><li>The Leadership Rôle </li></ul><ul><li>Looking into the (Near) Future </li></ul>
Do You Really Know the Difference? <ul><li>The terms are often used interchangeably </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders may or may not have good managerial qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Good managers think like leaders within their spheres of influence </li></ul>
What Managers do vs. what Leaders do LEADERS <ul><li>Actively seek new </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities knowing </li></ul><ul><li>when to take risks </li></ul><ul><li>Offer something to </li></ul><ul><li>believe in </li></ul><ul><li>Change rules to evolve </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire achievement in </li></ul><ul><li>others (and him-/herself) </li></ul>MANAGERS <ul><li>Follow directions </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce organizational </li></ul><ul><li>rules </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate staff effort </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipate/React </li></ul><ul><li>Try to avoid/control risks </li></ul>
A Leader is… <ul><li>… someone who utilizes </li></ul><ul><li>their knowledge, attitudes, </li></ul><ul><li>and behaviors to </li></ul><ul><li>influence people to </li></ul><ul><li>achieve a desired mission </li></ul>
How do effective leaders lead? <ul><li>Have deep conviction! </li></ul><ul><li>Make/take risks! </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge and change! </li></ul><ul><li>Generate critical mass! </li></ul><ul><li>Impose context! </li></ul>
“ Leadership has to do with direction … Management has to do with the speed, coordination and logistics in going in that direction. The WORKERS are chopping their way through the jungle. The MANAGERS are coordinating, making sure the tools are sharp, etc. The LEADERS climb a tree and shout: “Wrong jungle!!” The MANAGERS shout back: “Be quiet! We're making progress!”
Who are the ‚New‘ Leaders? Old Leader <ul><li>Makes all decisions </li></ul><ul><li>- Is in total control </li></ul>Valuing People Empowering People <ul><li>Creates and inspires a vision of change </li></ul><ul><li>Values learning/ acquiring knowledge </li></ul>New Leader
Leadership for Results & Productivity Leadership for Life Purpose, Vision And Learning Leadership in the 21st Century Leadership for Stability & Certainty Leadership for Ingenuity & Creativity Leadership For Relationships and Integration
10 Easy Ways to Know You're Not a Leader <ul><li>You're waiting on a bigger staff and more money to do what needs to be done. </li></ul><ul><li>You think you need to be in charge to have influence. </li></ul><ul><li>You're content with the status quo. </li></ul><ul><li>You foster division instead of generating constructive dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>You think you need to say something to be heard. </li></ul><ul><li>You blame others for your circumstances rather than take responsibility for solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>You can‘t remember the last time you said, "I messed up." </li></ul><ul><li>You're driven by the task instead of the relationships and the vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Your dreams are so small, people think they can be easily achieved. </li></ul><ul><li>No one is following you. </li></ul>Source: Tony Morgan
Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you; But of a good leader, who talks little, When the work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will say, "We did this ourselves." -- Lao Tzu