In “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” John Maxwell describes the Management Myth:
The Management Myth – that leading and managing are the same. Leadership is about influencing people to follow, while management focuses on maintaining systems and processes. Managers can maintain direction; to move people you need influence.
In “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey uses the following metaphor:
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Sound management and sound leadership are different things, but both are crucial to a successful venture. Consider the following:
- Do you spend more time working in your business than working on it?
- Are you or your team very efficient at doing ineffective things?
- What processes are in place to train quality managers and what access do they have to your vision in order to buy in, contribute, and become quality leaders?