There is an important distinction between leadership and management.
Management is the responsibility for the survival of an organization. It's like our instinctual avoidance of potential dangers like fire, snakes and spiders and our attraction to food, shelter and sex. Good management takes care of the fundamentals that ensure the survival of the organization, like generating revenues, reducing costs, and increasing surpluses (known as profits in the business realm.)
Leadership is the ability to meet the needs of those who make up the organization, those who depend on the organization, and other organizations. This is like our attraction to good stories, music and fine cuisine. These kinds of desires do not just meet the fundamental needs they fulfill higher needs, as well. When we align the meeting of both our lower survival needs with higher aesthetic and social needs, then we have done more than manage our survival, we have attained thrival.
The art of leadership in organizations is about skillfully meeting the variety of needs within and without the organization into a seamless, graceful flow. A true leader knows what the management issues are but also has a sense that there are ways to accomplish those basic survival tasks in more inspired ways. They look for the opportunities to achieve an artful balance between their aesthetic values and the organizational imperatives that constrain their expression.
Leadership is an art form, whereas management is merely a technical discipline.
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