Leadership Vs Management

By September 28, 2012Leadership, Time Management
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“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. “

Stephen Covey (1932-2012)

Author: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

I’ve talked before about the difference between leadership and management. I believe that leadership is casting the vision, deciding the direction, effectively communicating it, designing the process/steps necessary, and assembling the right people to make it happen.

Management, on the other hand is the plodding march that must take place to achieve that vision. It means making the hard decision, cutting the fluff where necessary, and holding everyone accountable for their part. The toughest part of management is not holding others accountable. The toughest part is holding yourself accountable.

Jumping from 7 Habits to E-Myth:
Leadership is an Entrepreneur skill.
Management (not surprisingly) is a Management skill.

Most of us have a hard time being both. Figure out which you are good at. Find someone to help you fill out the other.

You can’t survive without both of them.