Essay about Management vs Leadership - Covey

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Management & Leadership

Management and leadership are two of the most important positions to have for anyone in an organization. Both of these positions come with a great deal of responsibilities; however, they both serve two different purposes and responsibilities in an organization, along with a different sent of guidelines.


Leadership is a wonderful quality for anyone to have because not everyone possesses leadership qualities and skills; however, a person can learn to have leadership qualities if he or she has the desire. A good leader has many excellent qualities such as; a leader has followers, knows how to encourage the workers, can get results by implementing strategies, can create a vision for the company, and
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Principles are not my invention; they are self-evident and are found throughout the world. If you look at all enduring philosophies, religions and thoughts, you will find principles such as integrity, compassion, trust, honesty, accountability and others at their core. I simply translated these principles into a framework of habits, which when followed with consistency and frequency transforms one's character and allows one to earn the moral authority necessary for enduring leadership.”

Differences between management and leadership

Both leadership and management are concerned with providing direction for the organization, but there are differences.
“Leadership is the first creation, management is the second creation.” Stephen R. Covey.
The manager’s responsibility lays in efficiently guarding the company policies and physical resources while leaders are more concerned with guiding and giving inspiration to workers with a certain perspective of attaining the company’s vision. Management and leaders have a hard time giving the little people credit when they have helped achieve the goal they were seeking. Managers do things by the book and follow company policy, while leaders follow their own intuition, which may in turn be of more benefit to the company. A leader is more emotional than a manager.
As S.R. Covey says “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall”.

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