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Leadership Vs Management

Leadership Vs Management

harvard picHarvard Business School change management guru John Kotter outlines the fundamental differences between Leadership and Management as follows:-

– Establishing direction vs Planning & Budgeting
– Aligning people vs Organising and staffing…
– Motivating & inspiring vs Controlling & Problem-solving.

In Kotter’s view, while management produces an order of predictability, order, and the capacity to attain desired short term targets, the qualities of Leadership prodeuces change, often to a dramatic degree and often potentially useful change to create a future vision.

In my consulting, I use my own process called vision-driven planning, first creating a vision for the group (in great detail, to the degree that it is internally viable and credible) which is then quantified through a Balanced Scorecard approach (“If we were to achieve our vision, how must we look and behave in the area of…”). The quantification of the vision is converted into Performance Measures, and then these are redirected as Strategies.

It works exceptionally well for SME’s in creating what I call a “POP” or Plan On a Page. However the obstruction I usually see is lack of “Leadership” in that often the SME owners and managers are extremely concerned with the now and the pressures of “in the job”.

Yet sometimes I see people with leadership qualities who force themselves and others to look up from their current footsteps to look ahead. It is these organisations that surge ahead.

What do you think?

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