11 Differences Between Leadership and Management

leadership and management

11 Differences Between Leadership and Management




The word Leadership and Management are often used interchangeably, they are not synonymous. The word management is more closely associated with directing another to get from one point to another using a known set of expected behaviours. 

leadership and management

In contrast, leadership involves working with others through discussion or debate in order to guide them from one point to another.


The method that a project manager chooses to employ reveals a distinct difference in behaviour, self-perception, and project role.


Project Manager needs to employ both leadership and management in order to be successful. The skills in finding the right balance for each position. The way in which management and leadership are employed often show up in the project manager’s leadership style. 


Here are the major differences…


First and foremost, management usually directs using positional power while leadership direct by guiding, influencing and collaborating using relational power.


Also, while management manages by maintaining team members, leadership tires to innovate by developing new means of getting things done. Management also tries to administrate by following established rules and regulations while leadership always innovate by thinking out of the box.


 Another difference between leadership and management is that while management thinks about system and structure, leadership always focus on the relationship with people to attain goals. 


Also, while management relies on control and power to get things done, leadership always rely on trust that the people have in the leader.

Also, while management relies on near form goals, leadership always focus on long term vision of the organisation.

Also, a major difference between leadership and management is that while management asks how and when leadership always ask the question when and why.


Also, while management focuses on the bottom line, leadership always focus on the horizon.

Also, while management always accepts the status quo, leadership always challenge the status quo.


Also, while management always tries to do things right, leadership always make sure that they are doing the right things. 


Above all, while management focus on operational issues and problem-solving, leadership always focus on vision, alignment, motivation and inspiration. 



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