I facilitated a public session this week – Management vs. Leadership – for a diverse group including senior leaders and young women and men just starting out in their leadership roles.
We discussed what Management involved as compared to Leadership. Then we focussed on developing our authenticity through story-telling. We all have a leadership story and each participant made a start on a leadership story that I hope they can use in the future.
The clear message that came through was that most people understand the differences between management and leadership. Words and phrases used to describe management included “ensuring deadlines are met”, “directing”, “controlling” and for leadership “inspiring”, getting others to achieve” and “future focussed”.
The exciting thing was that both senior and younger leaders understood it in much the same way.
Knowing when you need to manage and when you need to lead is the big challenge. That’s often decided (or not) in the moment. Unless we’ve given it some deliberate thought we can quickly find ourselves inappropriately directing, when a coaching style of enquiry to team member could provide the best impetus to get the job done.
We’ll be repeating the session in Wellington this coming week and I’m looking forward to see what the second group comes up with.