The Difference and Similarities between Leadership and Management in the UK
With countless books, theories, research and concepts on leadership and management it’s no surprise new managers and emerging leaders can be confused as to what the difference is – if any. Here, creative sector coach and trainer Alec McPhedran of Skills Channel TV, gives a simple overview.
Leadership and management are two distinct but interconnected concepts in the realm of organisational dynamics. In essence, the clues are in the words. Leaders lead whereas manager manage. Leaders take people to the next level and having the people trust them to take them into the unknown. Managers manage the status quo, They maintain things, plan, coordinate, organise, monitor and check things.
While they share some similarities, there are key differences between UK leadership and management.
It's important to note that these distinctions are not absolute, and there can be overlap between leadership and management roles. In practice, effective leadership often requires some managerial skills, and good managers often display leadership qualities. The specific context, organisational culture, and individual capabilities play significant roles in shaping the dynamics of leadership and management in the UK.
Alec McPhedran Chtd Fellow CIPD, Chtd Mngr CMI, MAC, MCMI is the managing director of Skills Channel TV, a training company for talented creative people. He specialises in one to one coaching, facilitated learning, media training and team development. For further information, contact 0121 366 87 99 or visit www.skillschannel.tv.
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