Leadership and management are two different concepts that need to be understood and distinguished from each other. Leadership is about influencing others in achieving organizational goals while management involves ensuring day to day activities run as required. Despite these two aspects being different they share some similarities as both involve directing the activities of others. Leadership is not exclusive from management as an effective manager can be a leader. This discussion will look at how Leadership and management are similar and differ.
Leadership and management differ through the way individuals direct the members of an organization. Leaders direct others through influencing/motivating them to achieve goals while managers command and control a group in achieving results (Ellis and Abbott, 2015). Level 1-3 are leaders, but they do not have a leadership role in the organization because they more of contributors than influencers in their daily work. Level 5 leaders may not be considered as effective because they formulate vision but do not provide the creative solutions and excite motivation in achieving results like level 4 leaders.
Leadership and management can be similar in various ways. The main similarity is that both a leader and a manager direct others using different means to achieve the goals of the organization. The second similarity is both should have good communication skills to achieve the desired results. Level 4 leaders are referred to as effective because they motivate teams, communicate, build teams, take risks and influence the members of an organization to achieve results (Maxwell, 2014). Level 1-3 leaders may be effective but not given the title of effective because a level 4 or effective leader is in a position to manage other managers, having a greater command and leading bigger teams. In this situation the manager is not exclusive from a leader; the only difference is the scope.
In conclusion, even though some managers may not be considered as leaders, anyone can be a leader regardless position. Maxwell (2014) outlines that leadership is not about the position, is about influencing others in achieving results. Giving an example of my scenario, I once worked in a grocery store that supplies food stuff to different institutions. Different sections had supervisors that were responsible for their team. I was not a supervisor, but I was working with a group of people who thought the job was of low social class and was low paying. I would communicate with my work colleagues daily by telling them that people start from scratch and not from the top, and it does not mean that the one who works from the office earns more and is more satisfied. I used to work with passion knowing it is not a guarantee that if I leave this job, I will get another one. In inspired my colleagues that the grass is not always greener on the other side and it always good to be thankful for the little we have. My leadership skills are based on communication, inspiration and hope. Most of my colleagues changed their concept of work.