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One Major Difference Between Management and Leadership

Peter Drucker quote

“Leadership is lifting a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

– Peter Drucker

Is there a difference between management and leadership? Can you have one without the other?

In the words of Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis the answer is yes and no:

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

What does that mean?

It means yes: management follows leadership. Leadership sets the course; management plots the course.

It means no: you can have one without the other but it really is a bad idea.

Today’s quote was immediately preceded in the original text by:

“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery.”

Drucker warns us that leadership isn’t about glib tongues and flattery, it is about elevating a person. The purpose of leadership is not about you, it is about the other person.

Three questions for you to ponder:

  • Do you think leadership and management are the same or different?
  • How do you manage and how do you lead?
  • How do you elevate the people around you?

Please use the comments section below, I’d love to see your answers.

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