Good leadership involves more than managerial skills. It's time to focus on taking care of our people.
In 1977, Abraham Zaleznik wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review entitled "Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?" that examined the difference between leadership and management. How do these differences reveal themselves in the context of military organizations? Is leadership rewarded and promoted in the military or do individuals with good management skills stand out us the example to follow? Furthermore, to support the military mission, is it better to train managers to lead or to leach leaders to manage?
Leaders vs. Managers
There is a distinct difference between the functions of managers and leaders. Individuals can perform both duties, but they often place agreater emphasis in one area and neglect the other. In addition, when individuals systematically engage a specific function, their personalities begin to reflect the focus of their efforts. Somepeople behave as managers while others behave as leaders.