Leadership/Change Topic: Definition and Terms
Leaders vs. Managers-Is there a distinction and why is it important? The main difference between
Leadership and Management is the focus. Managers are the operators of the company and are
involved in order and handling complexity to create a predictable order of operations and business
for the company. This focus on complexity by the organizational manager has led to the birth of
large organizations and corporations in the twentieth century (Kotter, 2001). A Leader is focused
on change and adaptation and the people whom are part of the team for which he or she is involved.
A Leader involves having a vision, being self-motivated, self-regulated, self-aware and having
relationship skills (Goleman, 2004). A manager on contrary, is focused on process management,
solving problems, being able to carry out a vision, staffing and organization, budgeting and
directing (Kotter, 2012).
Why a Business Should Care About This Topic
Technology and globalization is evolving faster than we might hope for, so what does this
necessarily mean for business? The ability to adapt and build relationships is much more critical
than it was in previous decades for successful operations due to international competition,
technological advance and globalization (Kotter, 2012). In order to achieve continued growth in
tomorrow’s industry a combination of leadership and management is essential.
Personal Reaction to Topic
The idea that managers and leaders are two distinct concepts or entities I found interesting.
Beforehand I coined the two ideas together as I felt that each were necessary and to be a leader
you often managed and to be a manager you should be able to lead. This initial ideology I had on
the idea is partially true and is actually how todays industry should function to succeed in the
current realm of rapid industrial change and technological advance as well as globalization and
international competition. Like previously noted, the difference between the two ideas is on the
focus. Managers deal with handling complexity; whereas, leaders are more adapt at adjusting to
change and working with people. Business is an essential part of the economy and sometimes
companies feel every single aspect of a business needs management without an appropriate
increase in leadership which can lead to chaos and destruction for an organization. These two
distinct ideas should be practiced concurrently to effectively get a task done. Now that
globalization has become almost necessary and international competitors have become something
to consider, the social skills and empathy that a good leader brings to a management role can mean
the difference between earning a new business partnership or losing one. The ability to read body
language in a business pitch and be self-regulated and motivated can earn a...