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We Need Leaders, Not Bosses

Strong leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders.

Katy Velvet
May 6, 2019 · 5 min read

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

— Stephen Covey

One of the major discussions in today’s world is surrounded by the correlation between management and leadership. Leadership can be linked to the position of management, however not all managers are leaders.

Management vs Leadership

  • Managers are task-driven; leaders tie their ideas to the company’s vision.
  • Managers tend to control; leaders inspire, motivate, and encourage.
  • Managers favour employees; leaders establish equal relationships.
  • Managers focus on execution; leaders focus on empowering others.
  • Managers prioritize profit over people; leaders prioritize people over profit.

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Create the right environment to achieve objectives.

“Management is getting people to do what needs to be done. Leadership is getting people to want to do what needs to be done. Managers push. Leaders pull. Managers command. Leaders communicate.”
— Warren Bennis

Company culture is an integral part of business. Without a positive work environment, employees will struggle to find value in their jobs. Having a strong culture will not only maintain employee loyalty, but it will also create a thriving atmosphere that allows the team to grow and develop in a way that suits them.


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Empower your team, and help them grow.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
— Simon Sinek

Empowering the team is essential for effective leadership. Leaders invest in the well-being of their employees and continuously highlight the success of the team’s accomplishments. Simple, thoughtful gestures go a long way to building trust within the company and reinforce the idea of gratitude.


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Approach work through change and innovation.

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members better.
— Tony Dungy

Innovation has become the driving force of growth, performance, and valuation. Innovative leaders move away from the micro-management ways of the past and thrive on making improvements by exploring new ideas. They understand that if they can encourage more people to think unconventionally, it can generate a cycle of innovation.


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Be loyal, authentic, and genuine.

Although there are key differences between management and leadership, the two styles can be equally important to an organization. However, in recent times, we have discovered that for an organization to work efficiently, it has to find a happy medium between management and leadership.

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