Management versus Leadership

Leadership and Management are both valuable and necessary, but they are different.  We manage things such as programs, budgets, contracts, projects, processes, and time.

We should be leading people.  The idea of “managing” people just sounds demeaning.  Our focus is on leading, coaching, guiding, mentoring, or supervising people and managing all that other stuff.  The distinction is real and it matters.

Manage THINGS, even Manage yourself, but when it comes to other PEOPLE, we prefer words like Lead, Supervise, Coach, Guide, Mentor and some others.  It keeps the perspective away from trying to control or direct individuals. That would not be appropriate (except for matters of safety, etc.).  People have their own minds and they have their own choices.  We can try to influence and shape those choices and behaviors but not direct and control them.