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Leadership Development? Translating Management into Leadership

For many management comes through a promotion, being given a project to run or some other “happy accident” – those that show promise at work through either performance or by having the right attributes (e.g. whether that’s through capability or by just getting seen by playing the politics – working the hours). The important thing is that for many – management comes with little to no “management training” this can have a dramatic effect in the ability for this new breed of management to be either successful or to make the important transition of manager to leader.

But what is management? At its heart management is an organizational function – it can encompass a variety of tasks from managing people to carrying out a set of tasks (e.g. strategic planning). It’s been said that management has two key functions – firstly to deliver profit and second to develop an environment where the business can flourish in the future. Management is seen as a formal influence that sets rules and guidelines on how to work – while management is strategic it’s a primarily a role that focus’s on decision making.

Difference between Leadership and Management

In today’s business – management is not enough – at the heart of most businesses is a culture of change allowing businesses to compensate for an ever changing market – in this environment management is not enough and business rely on leadership to act as a catalyst for reaching business targets and goals

Leadership on the other hand is a little more ephemeral – Leadership is informal – and characterised by persuasion – Leaders set direction and encourage communication to ensure strategy and goals are promulgated through the organization and achieved – but what are the characteristics of leaders? Check out our list below.

Characteristics of leadership

1/ Leaders set clear goals
2/ Relate to the team through the communication of shared experience
3/ Build a team environment
4/ Focus on relationships between stakeholders
5/ Are a catalyst for change
6/ Relish the use of feedback