What is the difference between leadership and management?


Here’s a great list of the major differences in Leaders and Managers.  It’s worth remembering that one role is not better than the other.  When running projects and delivering change you need both!

Subject Leader Manager
Essence Change Stability
Focus Leading people Managing work
Have Followers Subordinates
Seeks Vision Objectives
Detail Sets direction Plans detail
Power Personal charisma Formal authority
Appeal to Heart Head
Energy Passion Control
Dynamic Proactive Reactive
Persuasion Sell Tell
Style Transformational Transactional
Exchange Excitement for work Money for work
Risk Takes risks Minimises risks
Rules Challenges rules Makes rules
Conflict Uses conflict Avoids conflict
Direction New roads Existing roads