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Thinking About Management and Leadership

Happy Mardi Gras! We have been having carnival fun around here for the last few weeks but it's time to share some snippets and today the focus is models of managing/leading. Good management is sometimes elusive but always important. Did you know that the traditional textbook definition of management is planning, organizing, controlling, and leading? In the late 1980s and early 90s, the conversation on how leadership and management differ heated up with books by Warren Bennis, John Kotter, and others. Ways the two differ include: ~The manager maintains; the leader develops. ~The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust. ~The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. ~The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing. (from What is the Difference Between Leadership and Management?) However, … [Read More...]