Management and leadership sometimes seem similar in purpose and activities, but the two have some distinct different ways to play their roles. Leadership priority lies with the people in the team, but management focuses on the accomplishment of work. Management deals with the existing policy, but leadership moves with new possibilities within or outside of the institution. Nevertheless, leadership attributes are also vital management necessity that helps an organization to reach higher efficiency and achievements. Stephen Covey’s jungle analogy makes one of the best approaches to describe leadership vision and management. He says:
“Workers are on the ground busy with cutting down trees and undergrowth. The manager supports the workers, keeping them on task and track. The leader is the person who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the area of work, and still analyzes with his vision if they are heading in the right direction. The leader finds the way for others to follow.”
As a leader, your primary responsibility is to find out the vision, purpose of work and the most appropriate way to reach your dream. Your ability to earn people’s confidence and skills to motivate them acts as the foundation in a leadership role. As a junior leader, you need to perform as a good manager at times. At this level, your leadership includes operating the institutional procedure successfully through abiding transformations. Although you may have definite authority to control your men, your ability to inspire people remains a crucial instrument to move them for the attainment of organizational purpose. However, you should be aware of the distinction between managerial procedure and leadership roles. Managers work with authorities but a leader makes decisions as needed upon the situation and also takes responsibility for his own choices. Managers are often recognized by their attires but the leaders are able to move people through motivations. Leaders tap into creativity and innovation but the managers work to ensure standard quality. The leader moves with the morale context of its purpose but, the management works with the organizational process, and assists all in performing effectively and efficiently. Management is responsible for the ‘yes word’ and is obligated to manage everything by whatever right or wrong maybe the way. But, only a leader knows to say ‘no’ when the values and principles are likely to be affected.
As junior leaders, you are to be a manager at times, but your mastery of management can be of great use to reach the pinnacle in a leadership role through self-transformation.