Excerpt of “What leaders really do” from Harvard Business Review
Management is about coping with complexity; it brings order and predictability to a situation. But that’s no long enough to succeed, companies must be able to adapt to change. Leadership, then, is about learning how to cope of rapid change.
Management and leadership both involve deciding what needs to be done, creating network of people to accomplish the agenda, and ensuring that the work actually gets done. Their work is complementary, but each system of action goes about the tasks in different ways.
- Planning and budgeting versus setting direction
- Organizing and staffing versus aligning people
- Controlling activities and solving problems versus motivating and inspiring