Leading is Open-loop Control and Managing is Close-loop Control
Jagdish B Acharya, Consultant, India
In any management situation there are always two aspects.
One concerns about what to aim or achieve and the other concerns about how to achieve it. This first aspect and a very important one is what leaders do.
The second aspect of really delivering the vision by right execution involves checking results, making course correction and finally achieving what leaders set out as worthy of achieving. This is closed loop control which in common parlance is taken as management.
When leaders aim very high, the expected open-loop gain is high and organization may become unstable. On the other hand close-loop control systems are stable because of negative feedback and continuous control.