Managing our leaders to get things done | Nonsense At Work

Leaders might get things envisioned, but managers get things done. (free public domain: clipart-people.com)

I get annoyed when people act as if leadership and management are interchangeable.

And I get even more annoyed when people think that leadership is more important than management. Leadership has become more glamorous and financially rewarding, but more important? I don’t think so.

A leader will stand on a river bank and say, ‘Boys, see how green the grass is on the other side. We must get there as soon as possible.’ You can trust me on this one. Nothing will happen unless a manager-type quietly goes to work.

And what does this manager-type do?

Without being told to, he or she breaks the vision down into action steps, determines the appropriate sequence of events, selects the right people for the tasks, secures the needed tools and materials, and defines performance measures to ensure the project stays on track.

Leaders might get things envisioned, but managers get things done.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

Originally published at https://nonsenseatwork.com on March 31, 2020.

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James McIntosh

Born in RSA winelands. Earned 3 degrees drinking red wine. Chased by lioness, ran with elephants, got bored, moved to USA seeking adventure. Ex-CEO now coach.