Truth is, both are pretty important. Although we might try to distinguish between them and aim to get them into a neat little descriptive package, it can be quite a challenge.
Leaders or Managers – What’s The Most Valuable
Leadership is a quality, which is undeniably useful for the eventual benefit of the company, management is the crucial, integral activity that will ensure it survives today, by ensuring the company delivers it’s operational requirements, thereby ensuring the possibility of seeing a tomorrow at all.
Leadership can be described as ‘that quality which involves innovation, risk taking and exploring of new avenues’ for the company to secure a stable, unchallenged superior position in a competitive world.
From this it could be considered that in a constant and steady state, all an organization consistently needs is solid management skills to survive, without any need for leadership skills. Leaders in any organization are the seeds sown for health and success in the future.
Managers Focus On Today’s Performance
To manage well is to focus on ongoing activities. Since the aim of management is to maximize profits using available resources, any good manager should be able to motivate and encourage his or her people. They should have the ability to initiate the workers, any company’s main assets, into an inspired state of working, to get them pulling together in order to achieve a common goal.
It is only when managers are accomplishing results, through the co-operation of their workers that a company will be able to flourish. This is why a manager has to have the keen ability to gauge his workforce’s needs and act accordingly.
If his workers are capable and have adequate skill then the manager merely has to motivate and encourage them towards progress. If, on the other hand, the workforce is not that accomplished, the manager’s task is to personally guide and instruct them in order for them to benefit.
Get Management Right And Then Focus On Leadership
So, since utilizing and distributing resources is what is demanded from the manager, he cannot afford to be overly authoritarian. If he is, then he may push his workers into being less productive. Instead he should be the friendly but firm guide who inspires dedication to a common end.
Any manager’s goal is to maximize resources and reap the highest results, while dealing efficiently with clients and their quirks (as well as employees). So while leadership focuses on taking companies onto new directions and give them new visions and aims, good managers help inspire employees deliver results in the shorter term in a focused way.
This helps the company to consistently reap profits right now, maintaining stability and equilibrium, so providing a healthy environment for the longer term potential the leader seeks to unleash. So a good manager will know how to handle stakeholders, clients and workers with equal ease, keeping things moving along nicely.
Then The Leader Comes Along
Because a manager is interacting so intimately with all parties, he or she will instinctively have knowledge of what clicks, who should be made to work together with whom and how to deal with problems.
But while a manager by virtue of the nature of his work has to be an insider, working closely at the sharp-end of the business every day, the leader does not. He can work from the sidelines and inspire change without even having a personal stake in what’s happening today.
Leadership is needed for future growth and development in any business. It is a strategic activity, requiring vision, creativity and market-wisdom. Management is what gets work done; what brings today’s cash-flow and ensures the health of the business right now and in the foreseeable future.
It is the true force and inspiration behind any successful organization, without which, there would be no future.