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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Leader or Manager ? who do you want to be?

Here's some excepts from what John Kotter wrote in his (1990) book - 'What leaders really do':

Management is about coping with complexity and 'good management', according to Kotter - 'brings a degree of order and consistency to key dimensions like the quality and profitability of products'.
Leadership, by contrast, is about coping with change; and major changes are more and more necessary to service and compete effectively in this new environment. More change always demands more leadership.
Being a Mgmt grad, i found the following as explained by Kotter to be, well 'simpler' :-)
Management - manages complexity by
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Organizing and Staffing
  • controlling and problem solving
  • Produces predictability, order and consistency

Leadership, on the other hand - leads change by

  • setting a direction - (Vision being the key word here)
  • Aligning people
  • Motivating and inspiring
  • Produces useful 'dramatic' change


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