Leadership vs. Management

Are these two notions distinct, synonymous or complementary? Many views prevail in the literature.

I find the views of John Kotter and Peter Northouse particularly compelling, based on my own experience with leaders and managers at all levels of organizations, especially during times of change.

Kotter argues that leadership and management involve two distinct but complementary sets of action. Leadership is about coping with change while management is about coping with complexity. Here is a summary* that I keep handy to distinguish between the two.

* From Peter G. Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and Practice, Fourth Edition (2007) in which he draws from John Kotter’s A Force for Change: How Leadership Differs from Management, (1990).


About thenelsontouch

Amit is the founder and managing director of Nelson Touch Consulting, a management consultancy that specializes in maximizing the return on human capital through strategy, incentives and analytics.
This entry was posted in Change Management, Leadership, Organization Design and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Leadership vs. Management

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention Leadership vs. Management | The Nelson Touch Blog -- Topsy.com

  2. Pingback: Why We Need More Managers | Dean Deguara

  3. Pingback: Why We Need More Managers - Dean Deguara

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s