This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2007 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.” — H. Ross Perot
“The aim of leadership is not to find and record failures of men, but to remove the causes of failure: to help people do a better job …” — W. Edwards Deming
“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.” — Elaine Agather
“There they go. I must run and catch up with them, because I am their leader!” — Mohandas Gandhi
Are you a leader, a manager, or a supervisor? Possibly all three.
Management and supervision require leadership. Leadership does not necessarily have to involve supervision. The roles are differentiated by what they focus on. They have nothing to so with style or personality, charisma or character.
All of the literature about the distinctions between managers and leaders, about whether one is better than the other, about whether we need both, and about whether organizations need more or less of one or the other, miss the point.
The challenge is to figure out where the mix of roles is for you and your organization, and then develop the tools, techniques, and focus that you’re going to need to fill those roles effectively.
Does this confuse you? (It does me.)
The distinction seems to be a matter of scope and focus. Managing is about operations: maintaining, controlling, and coordinating systems and processes. Leading is about influencing, setting new strategic direction (e.g., vision) and articulating what matters most to an organization (e.g., values and principles) – i.e., orchestrating. Notice a “control vs. influence” distinction.
The course content is appropriate for all leaders, and this includes everyone.
Basic guide to leadership and supervision: Free Basic Guide to Leadership and Supervision.
Free management training programs and lesson plans: Free Training Programs.
Key Associates offers a course on the new skills required of leaders: The New Leadership.
Development of management thought: What is Management?.
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