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Terry White, South Africa

Management versus Leadership

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.

  Barbara, USA
 

Bennis Updated Factors of Leadership

More recently Bennis mentions 4 somewhat different or updated factors that are essential for leaders in an environment o...

  Barbara, USA
 

Background Bennis

To appreciate the leadership thinking of Bennis well, you should know that he grew up during WWII, at the time when icon...

  Stan Heard, USA
 

Re-unite Management and Leadership

It seems that Leadership has been successfully removed from the work of Management in most everyone's mind. Management w...

  David Arnold, USA
 

Natures of Managers and Leaders

Maybe a more fundamental viewpoint of management versus leadership perspectives lies within their fundamental natures (w...

  Sunil Saraf, India
 

Leadership & Management

Agreeing with others, it is opined that Leadership is the Soul of Management. This maxim is justified since the whole co...

  Nkosinathi Zvimba
CxO / Board, United Kingdom
 

Leadership-Vision versus Management-Control

Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that follows the leader`s vision. A Leader is the spearhea...

  Ahmed N. Qeshta, Palestine, State of
 

Difference Between Leader and Manager

The leader can be a manager but the manager can not be a leader. Leadership is created with the human because leadershi...

  John Hannah
Consultant, United States
 

Leadership vs. Management

I appreciate all that I learned from the various posts regarding this subject matter. However there might be an addition...

  Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico
 

Leaders PULL and Managers PUSH

Joan Ginebra in her remarkable book 'Liderazgo y La Acción, Mitos y Realidades (Spanish Edition' (Leadership and Action...

  Abdulrahaman Nashiru
Accountant, Nigeria
 

Differences Between Leader and Manager

I think one of the differences between leader and manager is the way they are getting things done: - The leader get thi...

  Brown, United States
 

Leadership is about Vision and Management is about Best Practices

Vision is the essence of leadership (doing the right thing) and best practices are the essence of management (doing thin...

  Erdohegyi Gabor
Management Consultant, Hungary
 

Leadership versus Management versus Boss - Same or Different Meaning?

Leadership and management are different ideas for their nature. - "Leadership" is a feature based on special personal t...

  Emmanuel Reyme
Director, United States
 

Differences Between Manager and Leader

@Abdulrahaman Nashiru: Every post during this fascinating debate makes sense. In a simple way, leadership is the ingre...

  Shankar
Manager, India
 

Can Managers become Leaders...

@Ahmed N. Qeshta : That is right. All managers cannot become leaders. There are very efficient managers who may not be i...

  Schubert Pereira, United States
 

Leadership and Management

They are different. Leadership is characterized by 1. two-way trust and 2. genuine caring for the people they lead. I ...

  Maureen Bridget Rabotin
Coach, France
 

Evolving from a Manager to a Leader

Great insights, thanks to all. Good management has the potential to evolve into visionary leadership if the person seeki...

  Radha Raj
India
 

A Manager without Leadership Qualities

How can a manager function effectively without leadership qualities? Without this, the manager will end up being just a ...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Management and Leadership

In my simple world, the manager puts the right piece of a puzzle in the right hole, while the leader makes the piece enj...

  Belmiro Isaac, South Africa
 

Leadership versus Management

Leadership and management are totally different, management without leadership always has a tendency of imposing tasks t...

  E. von Ammon
Business Consultant, Switzerland
 

Missing Characters in MAST

I agree to Isaac Belmiro, and leadership means Creativity (vision) as well as knowledge of Dramaturgy. There is a C and ...

  Paramathmuni srinivas Kumar
India
 

A Leader Aligns his Energy towards the Spirit behind the Service

In my view, a person is leading if he is aligning his energy towards the spirit behind the service. If for example the d...

  Francisco Mucanheia
Strategy Consultant, Mozambique
 

Leadership is about Following; Management is about Obeying

People obey a manager. People follow a leader. That means that a manager is there to command a formal authority, whi...

  Earle Taylor
Turnaround Manager, United States
 

Leadership, Management and the Essential Difference

Managers need things, tools, techniques, technologies and organizations. Leaders need people, form organizations, enga...

  Robin Pagano
Consultant, Brazil
 

Leaders and Managers

Perfect! There are leaders and there are managers, but those ones who are both will make the difference. Managers must ...

  Nii Torto
Accountant, Ghana
 

Leaders and Managers

The leader seeks the questions while the manager seeks the answers. An individual can be a good manager and yet not be a...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Leader versus the Manager

A leader touches the heart and soul, while keeping his gaze beyond the horizon, and though his presence is tangible his ...

  Emmanuel Mwirichia
Manager, Kenya
 

Both Management & Leadership are Valuable and Needed for Success

We all value leadership as it inspires and motivates the followers to get the job done because they identify/resonate wi...

  Mohamed Mahgoub
Consultant, United Arab Emirates
 

Management and Leadership

Obviously, there are areas of commonality between both, but there are also unique elements for each. I see leadership as...

  Aditya Sud
Student (MBA), India
 

Management: Go! Leadership: Let's Go!

I believe the manager says "go"... And a leader says "let's go". This explains most of the major differences in a nuts...

  rio-roshi merit
Student (University), Nigeria
 

Leadership versus Management

@John Hannah: I so much appreciate your light on this issue. To further contribute to your saying, I will say; - Leader...

  Stephen Okeyo
Professor, Kenya
 

Leadership versus Management hard to Differentiate and Dependent on Culture

Very good reflections on management and leadership expressing the points of divergence. I wonder if some colleagues get...

  ISAAC E. OGBUKA PhD
Nigeria
 

Management is about Coaching; Leadership is about Showing Direction

There is a very thin line between management and leadership. Management is about coaching, and constant coaching until e...

  kowe joseph olushola, United Kingdom
 

Management and Leadership

- Leadership plays essential roles in the management and coordinating organizational elements to achieve the desired gro...

  tan liong choon
Management Consultant, Singapore
 

Leadership versus Management : AMP Motivators

Very interest theories and concepts on management and leaders. I would like to add the other half of the equation i.e....

  Aldo Bettini
Business Consultant, Panama
 

Leaders are Unquestionable; Managers must Explain and Prove

- A leader tends to be unquestionable, he creates followers through his charisma to fulfill a vision he transmits. - A ...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Management focuses on How; Leadership focuses on Why

- POEM (Bennis' management acronym) is about structure and focuses on the HOW. - MAST (Bennis' leadership acronym) is a...

  Leena Bissoonauth
Student (University), Mauritius
 

Management and Leadership According to Bennis

Management: POEM-acronym: Systematic approach for the success of management. Plan, organise, execute and measure / monit...

  NYAMEKA MAKITSHI
Manager, South Africa
 

Managers must Learn how to Lead

Management needs the element of leadership, in its known definition. It is understood that not all managers are great le...

  Adedayo Rotimi Muyiwa
Student (University), Nigeria
 

Management must be Leaders. Especially these Days.

@Nyameka Makitshi : I agree and strongly believe that any successful aspiring manager must imbibe and develop strong lea...

  Ulrich Schweiker
Director, Germany
 

1. Go! 2. Let's Go! or: 3. I Will Go! Who Joins me?

@Aditya Sud: well, it may be there is another perspective: I will go! Who joins me? Looking at the complex system of le...

  MICHAEL PETIT, PHD
Director, Australia
 

Managers, Leaders and Hierarchy

Both managers and leaders exist in hierarchies: - Managers are appointed to positions in the formal hierarchy of the or...

  Maria Montero
Coach, Venezuela
 

Managers Deal with Things

I find very logical the approach Stephen Covey gives to this issue. He says managers deal with things, leaders deal with...

  Pedro Viagem
Manager, Angola
 

Manager and a Leader

Thanks all for your very interesting posts. A leader is born with leadership skills; he does not need a lot of theoretic...

  Mohamed Mahgoub
Consultant, United Arab Emirates
 

Leadership is Born + Made

@Pedro Viagem : Some world class leaders disagree with this position: - Vince Lombardi states, "leaders aren't born- th...

  Ian Graham
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Management and Leadership

Terry White must be a good leader; why else have we all followed him in giving our opinions on this subject? A good lead...

  EMMANUEL
Student (University), Nigeria
 

Management is about Self, Leadership is about Selflessness

I think leading people is based on selflessness while managing people is aimed on self. A leader works to please his pe...

  Donasian Mbonea
HR Consultant, Tanzania
 

Summary of Management versus Leadership

- Management is getting things done through other people, while leadership is showing the way. - Managers have subordin...

  Priya Rathore
HR Consultant, India
 

Manager also Needs to Be a Leader

A leader can become a manager. However to manage, you also need to be a good leader. According to the Five Sources (Base...

  ed tarus
Student (MBA), Kenya
 

Management Versus Leadership

@Stan Heard : I agree that we should reunite leadership and management. Going by the healthy discussions from this forum...

  Emmanuel Reyme
Director, United States
 

Differences Between a Leader, Manager, and Boss

@Erdohegyi Gabor : I really appreciate your insight to the issue. Discussing leadership and management, let's take away...

  Juan Perez Eras, Mexico
 

POEM and MAST Belong Together

@Aditya Sud: I don't find any difference between management and leadership. For POEM you need to apply MAST. Sometimes w...

  Robert Sowell, United States
 

Management and Leadership

Great variety. I enjoy the diverse perspectives. My favorite definition of a leader is "someone with followers". When ...

  kowe joseph olushola, United Kingdom
 

Listening is a Key Skill for both Managers and Leaders

Managers should among other things encourage listening skills as a culture in the organizations. Leaders must be very go...

  gordon ullyett
Project Manager, New Zealand
 

Management versus Leadership seen from the Follower

@Aditya Sud and @Ulrich Schweiker : Yes, and seen from the side of the follower / employee: you follow a manager because...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Can Leaders become Managers?

@Priya Rathore: a leader may have a hard time becoming a manager. One thing that a leader possesses is initiative and ri...

  Mohamed Mahgoub
Consultant, United Arab Emirates
 

Reasons for Leaders to Emerge

@Editor : Thank you for the prompt. I completely agree with your notion of "circumstances" as an additional reason for l...

  TAPIWA JUMOH
Student (University), Zimbabwe
 

What I Think is Leadership

I feel leadership as an art that fosters and stimulates the desire in some non-followers to redress and alter their atte...

  Satya Nistala
India
 

Leaders Lead and Managers Merely Manage

- Leaders are born. Leader walks the talk. Leader knows and provides guidance. The freewill is respected. The follower i...

  Emmanuel Duru
Analyst, Nigeria
 

Management and Leadership

Leadership is implementation of an inherent vision. It precedes management; which is a process of getting it done right,...

  Aspinall, United Kingdom
 

Leadership & Management

I have researched extensively on theories and definitions of leadership and in truth found the following to be the summa...

  Juan Perez Eras, Mexico
 

Leadership and Management

@Aspinall: I completely agree: - a manager needs leadership to make people contribute to organization's goals. - a lea...

  ed tarus
Student (MBA), Kenya
 

What Leaders Do: They Lead and Learn

Going by the words of Jack Welch in his book 'Winning', leaders take risks and learn by setting examples. Leaders will n...

  Mona Al-Abbas
HR Consultant, Bahrain
 

Balancing Management and Leadership Skills

Individuals in managerial positions need both management skills and leadership skills. Those skills may differ in contex...

  Daniel Mitchell, Singapore
 

Good Leaders and Bad Leaders

@Mona Al-Abbas: I agree with you, and I think that some of what Henry Mintzberg says about leadership (it is a critical ...

  Mohamed Mahgoub
Consultant, United Arab Emirates
 

Balancing Management & Leadership

Managers do need leadership in specific situations. Leaders, on the other hand, access their positions by demonstrating ...

  Adam mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Leadership and Management: is There Difference?

Herman (2000) states that "people follow managers because they were supposed to, but they follow leaders because they wa...

  Ulrich Schweiker
Director, Germany
 

Favoring Psychological Systems Dynamics

@Adam Mohammed Baba: leaders and followers obviously have something in common: they move towards the same goals or into ...

  Adam mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Management and Leadership

@Ulrich Schweiker : it may seem that cleaver leaders "exploit" emotions of their followers. But what is wrong about that...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Leader - the Follower

@Adam Mohammed Baba: Good leaders 'follow' followers to achieve goals!...

  Adam Mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Management and Leadership / the Leader the Follower

@Arif ur Rehman : I think we are saying the same thing in different ways. Followers are very important in every organiza...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Leader as a Follower

@Adam Mohammed Baba: Entirely true. A leader, worth his salt - both instinctively and professionally - recognizes the 'k...

  TAPIWA JUMOH
Student (University), Zimbabwe
 

Leadership or Management the Two Have a Concordial Agreement

The two acts are inseperable or indespensible with each other. You can't be a good leader if you can't manage your influ...

  Mohamad Nasir Mahmood
Director, Malaysia
 

Leadership versus Management according to Covey

Stephen R. Covey had succinctly summarized, as follows: "management is the efficiency in climbing the ladder of success;...

  Adam Mohammed Baba
Director, Ghana
 

Management versus Leadership

Differences between managers and leaders Most management scholars have alluded to the fact that managers and leaders re...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Re: Leadership and Management

@Ahmed N. Qeshta: sorry, but to say that a manager cannot be a leader is simply not true. It is not necessary for a mana...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

The Leader <> Manager Balance

@Andrew Blaine : When the boundaries beyond the horizon are brought into the range of the ‘doables’ and the doables are ...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Leading versus Driving

@Arif ur Rehman: the process considered here can equally be achieved by driving workers as by leading them - the differe...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

At the Helm - Through Motivation

@Andrew Blaine : A slave is compelled, an associate is motivated – and therein lies the charisma of leadership. And when...

  Karel V
CEO, South Africa
 

Leadership and Management

A leadership is the person's ability to envision and think strategically in motivating his/her followers into implementi...

  Elijah Peters
Manager, United States
 

Manage versus Lead

I think the very terms imply the diffence: - When you're asked to MANAGE a process, team, etc., one tends to believe th...

  Priya Rathore
HR Consultant, India
 

The Role of Managers is more Stable than the Role of Leaders

@Elijah Peters : Well said... But the most important task and characteristic of the leader is not just about sharing the...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Motivation as a Driving Force

@Arif ur Rehman: I agree with your commentary that a slave is driven while an associate is motivated. The nature of mo...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Motivation versus Fear

@Andrew Blaine: Motivation is the inner urge – that intrinsically emerges from an ethical, committed and rewarding envir...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Fear and Motivation

@Arif ur Rehman: Hi Arif, at the risk of labouring a point, I feel it would be pertinent to point out that fear of failu...

  Vipul Nahar
India
 

How Does Management and Leadership Differentiate

SOP for both management and leadership might differentiate on various points but for a moment, if we look at the commona...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Management and Leadership

Management is transactional while Leadership is transformational. Management deals with less communication, Leadership w...

  Andrew Parker
Director, Australia
 

What is the Difference Between Management and Leadership and Which is the Most Important

In answer to your question, put simply you need to ask a different question. Your question should be, What is the most i...

  Nico Schuster
Manager, Germany
 

Difference Between Management and Leadership

Quite some time ago I gave a presentation on the topic "Management V. Leadership" during my Master's studies - it provid...

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Leading & Managing

Leadership of ANY type requires a cadre of Management applications. This debate has been long standing and I don't see L...

  Ray Chatwin
Lecturer, United Kingdom
 

Leading and Managing

I suggest that management can be thought of as the 'hard' aspects such as organising, scheduling, setting targets, monit...

  Anthony Tsui
Professor, China
 

Leader and Manager are Twins

In my view, leadership is about setting a standard (direction) while management is about keeping the standard for an agr...

  Reid
CEO, United Kingdom
 

Leadership vs Management

The key difference between the two is to 'show' rather than 'tell' your direct reports what to do to improve the busines...

  Bosede Abiola Adetifa
Manager, Australia
 

Management versus Leadership

I agree to re-merge leadership with management. The two are interwoven and separating them means a call for crisis. Trus...

  Rangu Suwas
CEO, India
 

Management versus Leadership

Management is about optimally managing given resources, whereas Leadership is about creating resources, preparing resour...

  Mrs. Sayran Ghafuri
Coach, Iraq
 

Management versus Leadership

I think that this talk is fictional and far from reality, and that the components of management remain as presented by t...

  Anonymous
 

Leadership versus Management

@Gregory Johnson: Totally agree. A manager can execute following some given guidelines and is not necessarily a leader; ...

  Frederic A Parker
Consultant, United States
 

Leadership versus Management

@Leodegardo M. Pruna: I really like the comment that Leadership is WHY and Management is HOW. It fits well with my own ...

  India Centre for Global Excellence
Management Consultant, India
 

Difference Between Leadership and Management

Leadership is a quality of influencing people so that the objectives are attained willingly and enthusiastically. It is ...

  Yochanan Kirschenboim
Director, Israel
 

Leaders Address People in Their Four Dimensions

@Maria Montero: Your input is nice and important. But the main question is how do do that? Can you be more specific?...

  Sathya Devarakonda
Project Manager, India
 

What is the Difference Between a Manager and a Leader

You can simply say - A Leader generally sets the direction in which the company should go forward, while the manager is ...

  Fosuaba
CEO, Ghana
 

Leader versus Manager

In my opinion, it doesn't matter whether it is in a corporate setting or in another grouping, a Leader does the "right t...

  Victor Aguilan
Professor, Philippines
 

Management and Leadership

Management is more about running an organisation whether for profit or nonprofit to ensure the delivery of services. It ...

 

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