Is there really a difference between managership and leadership? If so, what is the difference and does it even matter?
I firmly say that there is a difference and that both are needed by a fully competent leader in an organization. The management leader is employed and acts in the public sector usually pertaining to a government exercise and also the statutory parts of the position. Leadership, on the other hand is not part of a legislative act - it is a lot about how conscious you are in your role and how it affects others in your organization.
Even if a leader is unaware about what they do, they are still a role model for other leaders in their organization - this may cause concern if what the leader words and actions do not match. There is a saying that says an organization sooner or later become like the one who leads it - good or bad!
If we want an open and responsive organization that encourages its employees and creates active participation in the business, then we ourselves need to act this way.
By being a leader not just boss you will gain some of most important dimensions and tools to carry out change processes - namely using the employee's skills and experiences which will create a work environment with job satisfaction!
What a wonderful group of educational leaders I met today! ;-)
When they were asked what they would do if they had fewer employees to be responsible for and thus more time for the ones they have – the majority replied that they would be doing less administrative work and have more time to be educational leaders! :-)
A very good start is to let creative activities become islands of good examples which can eventually spread through out the entire school or school system.
We are challenged to take charge of our operational units and now we know that it is more about HOW I, as a leader, implement and lead the change management! As leaders we need to have competences in change management and in creating good relationships with our employees. This in order to make it possible to review the different phases of change management and to create the conditions needed for education of today and tomorrow!
Thank you for nice conversations and meetings today!
Have a nice weekend!
Arja Holmstedt Svensson
A blog about my work and assignments as a Change Leader. The posts will be about my experiences – new experiences, meeting new people in new environments.