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Management versus Leadership
Terry White
Warren Bennis, the leadership guru has differentiated leadership from management with two simple acronyms:
1. The management acronym POEM means: ‘Plan, Organise, Execute and Monitor and Measure’. This is quite different from
2. The leadership acronym MAST, which means: ‘Meaning, Attention, Self and Trust’:
  1. MANAGEMENT OF MEANING - what does this mean for us / our company?
  2. MANAGEMENT OF ATTENTION - if this is important, then we’d better focus on the following activities, and importantly STOP these other activities).
  3. MANAGEMENT OF SELF is fairly obvious although I’ve seen many leaders transgress this simple principle by contravening their own espoused principles.
  4. MANAGEMENT OF TRUST is another key leadership element: True leadership will require a special brand of honesty if trust is to be built – this honesty tempers hype with business sense, and filters everything through the organisation’s strategic intent.Sign up

Bennis Updated Factors of Leadership
More recently Bennis mentions 4 somewhat different or updated factors that are essential for leaders in an environment of complexity and turbo-change,...Sign up

Background Bennis
To appreciate the leadership thinking of Bennis well, you should know that he grew up during WWII, at the time when iconic figures such as Churchill, ...Sign up

Re-unite Management and Leadership
Stan Heard
It seems that Leadership has been successfully removed from the work of Management in most everyone's mind. Management was once seen as the blending o...Sign up

Natures of Managers and Leaders
David Arnold
Maybe a more fundamental viewpoint of management versus leadership perspectives lies within their fundamental natures (which I think Bennis is ...Sign up

Leadership & Management
Sunil Saraf
Agreeing with others, it is opined that Leadership is the Soul of Management. This maxim is justified since the whole concept represents a proc...Sign up

Leadership-Vision versus Management-Control
Nkosinathi Zvimba, CxO / Board, United Kingdom, Member
Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that follows the leader`s vision.
A ...Sign up

Difference Between Leader and Manager
Ahmed N. Qeshta
The leader can be a manager but the manager can not be a leader.
Leadership is created with the human because lea...Sign up

Leadership vs. Management
John Hannah, Consultant, United States, Member
I appreciate all that I learned from the various posts regarding this subject matter. However there might be an additional thought that I might sugges...Sign up

Leaders PULL and Managers PUSH
Javier Elenes, Business Consultant, Mexico, Member
Joan Ginebra in her remarkable book 'Liderazgo y La Acción, Mitos y Realidades (Spanish Edition' (Leadership and Action) states that to be a leader y...Sign up

Differences Between Leader and Manager
Abdulrahaman Nashiru, Accountant, Nigeria, Member
I think one of the differences between leader and manager is the way they are getting things done:
- The leader get things done by carryin...Sign up

Leadership is about Vision and Management is about Best Practices
Brown, Consultant, United States, Member
Vision is the essence of leadership (doing the right thing) and best practices are the essence of management (doing things right).
They coexist w...Sign up

Leadership versus Management versus Boss - Same or Different Meaning?
Erdohegyi Gabor , Management Consultant, Hungary, Member
Leadership and management are different ideas for their nature.
- "Leadership" is a feature based on special personal talent and ability. ...Sign up

Differences Between Manager and Leader
Emmanuel Reyme, Director, United States, Member
@Abdulrahaman Nashiru:
Every post during this fascinating debate makes sense. In a simple way, leadership ...Sign up

Can Managers become Leaders...
Shankar, Manager, India, Member
@Ahmed N. Qeshta : That is right. All managers cannot become leaders. There are very efficient managers who may not ...Sign up

Leadership and Management
Schubert Pereira
They are different. Leadership is characterized by 1. two-way trust and 2. genuine caring for the people they lead.
I agree that m...Sign up

Evolving from a Manager to a Leader
Maureen Bridget Rabotin, Coach, France, Member
Great insights, thanks to all. Good management has the potential to evolve into visionary leadership if the person seeking that role has personal lead...Sign up

A Manager without Leadership Qualities
Radha Raj, India, Member
How can a manager function effectively without leadership qualities? Without this, the manager will end up being just a boss, who has a position and p...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
In my simple world, the manager puts the right piece of a puzzle in the right hole, while the leader makes the piece enjoy being in the hole.
In...Sign up

Leadership versus Management
Belmiro Isaac
Leadership and management are totally different, management without leadership always has a tendency of imposing tasks to be implemented, whereby lead...Sign up

Missing Characters in MAST
E. von Ammon, Business Consultant, Switzerland, Member
I agree to Isaac Belmiro, and leadership means Creativity (vision) as well as knowledge of Dramaturgy. There is a C and a D missing in M...Sign up

A Leader Aligns his Energy towards the Spirit behind the Service
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
In my view, a person is leading if he is aligning his energy towards the spirit behind the service. If for example the decisions a leader is ma...Sign up

Leadership is about Following; Management is about Obeying
Francisco Mucanheia, Strategy Consultant, Mozambique, Member
People obey a manager.
People follow a leader.
That means that a manager is there to command a formal authority, while the l...Sign up

Leadership, Management and the Essential Difference
Earle Taylor, Turnaround Manager, United States, Member
Managers need things, tools, techniques, technologies and organizations.
Leaders need people, form organizations, engage and inspire managers th...Sign up

Leaders and Managers
Robin Pagano, Consultant, Brazil, Member
Perfect! There are leaders and there are managers, but those ones who are both will make the difference.
Managers must give attention to activiti...Sign up

Leaders and Managers
Nii Torto, Accountant, Ghana, Member
The leader seeks the questions while the manager seeks the answers. An individual can be a good manager and yet not be an effective leader; but it see...Sign up

The Leader versus the Manager
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
A leader touches the heart and soul, while keeping his gaze beyond the horizon, and though his presence is tangible his ‘actions’ are intangibl...Sign up

Both Management & Leadership are Valuable and Needed for Success
Emmanuel Mwirichia, Manager, Kenya, Member
We all value leadership as it inspires and motivates the followers to get the job done because they identify/resonate with the leader.
However, I...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Mohamed Mahgoub, Consultant, United Arab Emirates, Member
Obviously, there are areas of commonality between both, but there are also unique elements for each. I see leadership as being ultimately about...Sign up

Management: Go! Leadership: Let's Go!
Aditya Sud, Student (MBA), India, Member
I believe the manager says "go"...
And a leader says "let's go".
This explains most of the major differences in a nutshell....Sign up

Leadership versus Management
rio-roshi merit, Student (University), Nigeria, Member
@John Hannah: I so much appreciate your light on this issue. To further contribute to your saying, I will say;
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Leadership versus Management hard to Differentiate and Dependent on Culture
Stephen Okeyo, Professor, Kenya, Member
Very good reflections on management and leadership expressing the points of divergence.
I wonder if some colleagues get a sense that in certai...Sign up

Management is about Coaching; Leadership is about Showing Direction
ISAAC E. OGBUKA PhD, Nigeria, Member
There is a very thin line between management and leadership. Management is about coaching, and constant coaching until expected result is achie...Sign up

Management and Leadership
kowe joseph olushola, United Kingdom, Member
- Leadership plays essential roles in the management and coordinating organizational elements to achiev...Sign up

Leadership versus Management : AMP Motivators
tan liong choon, Management Consultant, Singapore, Member
Very interest theories and concepts on management and leaders.
I would like to add the other half of the equation i.e. the perspective of the...Sign up

Leaders are Unquestionable; Managers must Explain and Prove
Aldo Bettini, Business Consultant, Panama, Member
- A leader tends to be unquestionable, he creates followers through his charisma to fulfill a vision he transmits.
- A manager must exp...Sign up

Management focuses on How; Leadership focuses on Why
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
- POEM (Bennis' management acronym) is about structure and focuses on the HOW.
- MAST (Bennis' leadership acronym) is about content and substance...Sign up

Management and Leadership According to Bennis
Leena Bissoonauth, Student (University), Mauritius, Member
Management: POEM-acronym: Systematic approach for the success of management. Plan, organise, execute and measure / monitor are the qualities managers ...Sign up

Managers must Learn how to Lead
NYAMEKA MAKITSHI, Manager, South Africa, Member
Management needs the element of leadership, in its known definition. It is understood that not all managers are great leaders, but that quality...Sign up

Management must be Leaders. Especially these Days.
Adedayo Rotimi Muyiwa, Student (University), Nigeria, Member
@Nyameka Makitshi : I agree and strongly believe that any successful aspiring manager must imbibe and develop stron...Sign up

1. Go! 2. Let's Go! or: 3. I Will Go! Who Joins me?
Ulrich Schweiker, Director, Germany, Member
@Aditya Sud: well, it may be there is another perspective: I will go! Who joins me?
Looking at the complex sys...Sign up

Managers, Leaders and Hierarchy
MICHAEL PETIT, PHD, Director, Australia, Member
Both managers and leaders exist in hierarchies:
- Managers are appointed to positions in the formal hierarchy of the organisation by people in a ...Sign up

Managers Deal with Things
Maria Montero, Coach, Venezuela, Member
I find very logical the approach Stephen Covey gives to this issue. He says managers deal with things, leaders deal with people. Both are very importa...Sign up

Manager and a Leader
Pedro Viagem, Manager, Angola, Member
Thanks all for your very interesting posts. A leader is born with leadership skills; he does not need a lot of the...Sign up

Leadership is Born + Made
Mohamed Mahgoub, Consultant, United Arab Emirates, Member
@Pedro Viagem : Some world class leaders disagree with this position:
- Vince Lombardi states, "leaders aren't...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Ian Graham, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
Terry White must be a good leader; why else have we all followed him in giving our opinions on this subject? A good leader will always ask the group f...Sign up

Management is about Self, Leadership is about Selflessness
EMMANUEL, Student (University), Nigeria, Member
I think leading people is based on selflessness while managing people is aimed on self.
A leader works to please his people and a manager works t...Sign up

Summary of Management versus Leadership
Donasian Mbonea, HR Consultant, Tanzania, Member
- Management is getting things done through other people, while leadership is showing the way.
- Managers have subordinates while leaders have fo...Sign up

Manager also Needs to Be a Leader
Priya Rathore, HR Consultant, India, Member
A leader can become a manager. However to manage, you also need to be a good leader. According to the Sign up

Management Versus Leadership
ed tarus, Student (MBA), Kenya, Member
@Stan Heard : I agree that we should reunite leadership and management. Going by the healthy discussions from this f...Sign up

Differences Between a Leader, Manager, and Boss
Emmanuel Reyme, Director, United States, Member
@Erdohegyi Gabor : I really appreciate your insight to the issue.
Discussing leadership and management, let's ...Sign up

POEM and MAST Belong Together
Juan Perez Eras, Accountant, Mexico, Member
@Aditya Sud: I don't find any difference between management and leadership. For POEM you need to apply MAST. Someti...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Robert Sowell, Consultant, United States, Member
Great variety. I enjoy the diverse perspectives. My favorite definition of a leader is "someone with followers".
When we move away from titles, ...Sign up

Listening is a Key Skill for both Managers and Leaders
kowe joseph olushola, United Kingdom, Member
Managers should among other things encourage listening skills as a culture in the organizations. Leaders must be very good and Sign up

Management versus Leadership seen from the Follower
Gordon Ullyett, Project Manager, New Zealand, Premium Member
@Aditya Sud and @Ulrich Schweiker : Yes, and seen from the side of the follower ...Sign up

Can Leaders become Managers?
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@Priya Rathore: a leader may have a hard time becoming a manager. One thing that a leader possesses is initiative a...Sign up

Reasons for Leaders to Emerge
Mohamed Mahgoub, Consultant, United Arab Emirates, Member
@Editor : Thank you for the prompt. I completely agree with your notion of "circumstances" as an additional ...Sign up

What I Think is Leadership
TAPIWA JUMOH, Student (University), Zimbabwe, Member
I feel leadership as an art that fosters and stimulates the desire in some non-followers to redress and alter their attention and followership towards...Sign up

Leaders Lead and Managers Merely Manage
Satya Nistala, India, Member
- Leaders are born. Leader walks the talk. Leader knows and provides guidance. The freewill is respected. The follower is free to follow or not...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Emmanuel Duru, Analyst, Nigeria, Member
Leadership is implementation of an inherent vision. It precedes management; which is a process of getting it done right, with the applic...Sign up

Leadership & Management
I have researched extensively on theories and definitions of leadership and in truth found the following to be the summary of all:
- Leadershi...Sign up

Leadership and Management
Juan Perez Eras, Accountant, Mexico, Member
@Aspinall: I completely agree:
- a manager needs leadership to make people contribute to organization's goals....Sign up

What Leaders Do: They Lead and Learn
ed tarus, Student (MBA), Kenya, Member
Going by the words of Jack Welch in his book 'Winning', leaders take risks and learn by setting examples. Leaders will not only encourage exper...Sign up

Balancing Management and Leadership Skills
Mona Al-Abbas, HR Consultant, Bahrain, Member
Individuals in managerial positions need both management skills and leadership skills. Those skills may differ in context and direction but bot...Sign up

Good Leaders and Bad Leaders
Daniel Mitchell
@Mona Al-Abbas: I agree with you, and I think that some of what Henry Mintzberg says about leadership (it is a crit...Sign up

Balancing Management & Leadership
Mohamed Mahgoub, Consultant, United Arab Emirates, Member
Managers do need leadership in specific situations. Leaders, on the other hand, access their positions by demonstrating specific managerial skills, in...Sign up

Leadership and Management: is There Difference?
Adam mohammed Baba, Director, Ghana, Member
Herman (2000) states that "people follow managers because they were supposed to, but they follow leaders because they wanted to" (page 74). Sign up

Favoring Psychological Systems Dynamics
Ulrich Schweiker, Director, Germany, Member
@Adam Mohammed Baba: leaders and followers obviously have something in common: they move towards the same goals or ...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Adam mohammed Baba, Director, Ghana, Member
@Ulrich Schweiker : it may seem that cleaver leaders "exploit" emotions of their followers. But what is wrong about...Sign up

The Leader - the Follower
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
@Adam Mohammed Baba: Good leaders 'follow' followers to achieve goals!...Sign up

Management and Leadership / the Leader the Follower
Adam Mohammed Baba, Director, Ghana, Member
@Arif ur Rehman : I think we are saying the same thing in different ways. Followers are very important in every org...Sign up

The Leader as a Follower
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
@Adam Mohammed Baba: Entirely true. A leader, worth his salt - both instinctively and professionally - recognizes t...Sign up

Leadership or Management the Two Have a Concordial Agreement
TAPIWA JUMOH, Student (University), Zimbabwe, Member
The two acts are inseperable or indespensible with each other. You can't be a good leader if you can't manage your influence over others with quality....Sign up

Leadership versus Management according to Covey
Mohamad Nasir Mahmood, Director, Malaysia, Member
Stephen R. Covey had succinctly summarized, as follows: "management is the efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether...Sign up

Management versus Leadership
Adam Mohammed Baba, Director, Ghana, Member
Differences between managers and leaders
Most management scholars have alluded to the fact that ma...Sign up

Re: Leadership and Management
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Ahmed N. Qeshta: sorry, but to say that a manager cannot be a leader is simply not true. It is not necessary for a ...Sign up

The Leader <> Manager Balance
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
@Andrew Blaine : When the boundaries beyond the horizon are brought into the range of the ‘doables’ and the doables...Sign up

Leading versus Driving
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Arif ur Rehman: the process considered here can equally be achieved by driving workers as by leading them - the di...Sign up

At the Helm - Through Motivation
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
@Andrew Blaine : A slave is compelled, an associate is motivated – and therein lies the charisma of leadership. And...Sign up

Leadership and Management
Karel V , CEO, South Africa, Member
A leadership is the person's ability to envision and think strategically in motivating his/her followers into implementing strategies for a good chang...Sign up

Manage versus Lead
Elijah Peters, Manager, United States, Member
I think the very terms imply the diffence:
- When you're asked to MANAGE a process, team, etc., one tends to believe that it is a hands on, make ...Sign up

The Role of Managers is more Stable than the Role of Leaders
Priya Rathore, HR Consultant, India, Member
@Elijah Peters : Well said... But the most important task and characteristic of the leader is not just about sharin...Sign up

Motivation as a Driving Force
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Arif ur Rehman: I agree with your commentary that a slave is driven while an associate is motivated.
The nat...Sign up

Motivation versus Fear
Arif ur Rehman, Professor, Pakistan, Member
@Andrew Blaine: Motivation is the inner urge – that intrinsically emerges from an ethical, committed and rewarding ...Sign up

Fear and Motivation
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Arif ur Rehman: Hi Arif, at the risk of labouring a point, I feel it would be pertinent to point out that fear of ...Sign up

How Does Management and Leadership Differentiate
Vipul Nahar, India, Member
SOP for both management and leadership might differentiate on various points but for a moment, if we look at the commonality between their SOP,...Sign up

Management and Leadership
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
Management is transactional while Leadership is transformational. Management deals with less communication, Leadership with more meaningful communicat...Sign up

What is the Difference Between Management and Leadership and Which is the Most Important
Andrew Parker, Director, Australia, Member
In answer to your question, put simply you need to ask a different question. Your question should be, What is the most important element of Management...Sign up

Difference Between Management and Leadership
Nico Schuster, Manager, Germany, Premium Member
Quite some time ago I gave a presentation on the topic "Management V. Leadership" during my Master's studies - it provides some examples and definitio...Sign up

Leading & Managing
Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
Leadership of ANY type requires a cadre of Management applications. This debate has been long standing and I don't see Leadership without some high de...Sign up

Leading and Managing
Ray Chatwin, Lecturer, United Kingdom, Member
I suggest that management can be thought of as the 'hard' aspects such as organising, scheduling, setting targets, monitoring them, whilst leadership ...Sign up

Leader and Manager are Twins
Anthony Tsui, Professor, China, Premium Member
In my view, leadership is about setting a standard (direction) while management is about keeping the standard for an agreeable period....Sign up 29-5-2019


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