Leadership is about inspiring people; whereas, management is about organising tasks and resources. In a organisational context, strategic leadership is about persuading people to move voluntarily, and together, in a direction that benefits the organisation; while, management is about dealing with the complexity of planning and processes. The boundary between leadership and management is often blurred; though in my experience, people more frequently believe that they are leading when, in reality, they are managing. Perhaps, this is because they want to make a difference; but, for most of us, leadership is really hard and requires courage. The courage to be different. To be selfless. The courage to do what is right and not just what is easy.
It is easier to get involved in the detail of making things happen, of telling people how to do things; but that’s management and not leadership. Leadership is about letting go and trusting others to make the right decisions on the details – having the courage to delegate. There’s something about entropy in there and not over constraining the system, or under constaining it; but, now I ‘ve got to the entropy vector and that’s a whole different story.
Robert D Handscombe & Eann A Patterson, The Entropy Vector: Connecting Science and Business, Singapore: World Scientific Press, 2004.
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