First off, it is crucial to understand what leadership is and what management is. There are important differences between leaders and managers.
All of us are responsible for organizations. An organization is any social system i.e. families, cities, businesses, communities, cultures. Any kind of organization requires people to come together and organizing themselves to achieve particular goals. For example, people organize themselves into a business in order to achieve a profit.
The skill of leadership and management is related to the organization, specifically we need leadership and management skills to ensure it can survive and thrive over time. If we have an organization without leadership and management, it will fall apart very quickly. It won’t be able to respond to change and it won’t be able to achieve its goals.
That is why we need management and leadership skills.
Management is about achieving the goals today.
Imagine a sand castle on a beach. Imagine it was built by a community of people to enable them to flourish. They are using management skills by building this castle in the best way possible for survival. As management is about optimizing processes, the people bring the stones and sand in order to build a great castle. Now, beaches are tidal, and because the sea is so much stronger the sand castle will always get washed away by the sea. In practice, this is why we need leadership skills.
Leadership is the skill of influencing people to work together to achieve excellent outcomes and cope with challenging change.
What the sea represents is that challenging change for the community of our sand castle. They need to up themselves and move way up the beach to a new land, a new frontier in order to continue to survive and thrive. We can recognize that if we just use on management skills, these people are going to be great at building a sand castles but when the change (sea) arrives, they will be washed away. This is what often happens to organizations today. They are so focused on management and achieving success today that they don’t adapt to the changes on the horizon and therefore when it arrives, they are not ready for it and they perish.
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3. THE LEADAPRENEUR SKILL
The true skill of enabling viable organizations is to balance leadership and management skills. You need both and that is what leadapreneurs do. You need to achieve goals today but also prepare for tomorrow’s change.
3 principles (in under 3 minutes) you can use to be a better leadapreneur.
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