As usual, Bob Sutton offers good insights - this time some excellent definitions (and great quotes!) to differentiate between leadership and management.
While at it, he also raises a question about the differentiation; can it be dangerous - leading leaders not to manage at all?
Yep, seen that, been there. Actually I think I see that in all kind of "professions" - definitions taken literally and used to support half-baked practice by half-baked practitioners.
Back to the differentiators and the quotes, Warren Bennis has a great one:
"Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing."A quote that Bob adds a twist to summing up his view:
"To do the right thing, a leader needs to understand what it takes to do things right."Exactly. To be able to lead you have to be in front as a good example, nothing much ever comes out of just talk and ideas - big and visionary included. Do the right thing, do it right and - most important - let it be consistent. Consistency is the base when communicating through deeds, no way around that.
"Yes, leaders should understand management. However, management doesn't always need a manager"Precisely! In danger of repeating myself; managing can be seen as a "framework" for human-centric processes, and that can be (partly) replaced by other frameworks, including IT based if built as framework and not as tool. Get my drift? Framework not tool.