Difference Between Leadership and Management

Leadership and management are crucial factors for the delivery of goods and services. The two are alike in some aspects but quite they differ in their view, performance and services. Leadership is considered as a major element of management.

Leaders define the direction for their juniors to follow and must also use management skills to guide them to the destination in a good and effective way.

Leaders should possess some basic managerial skills and likewise, it is a requirement for managers to have basic leadership skills. Leaders motivate others and negotiate for resources and any other support needed from the management to obtain their goals.

Leadership vs Management

The main difference between leadership and management is that leadership is having a vision of what needs to be achieved, the leaders design the strategies on how to achieve them and then communicate them to others. Management refers to the skills required to get work done through others. Management is crucial to any organization, company or institution. It is found in different fields like hospitality, education, offices and many others.

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Comparison Table Between Leadership and Management (in Tabular Form)

Parameters of comparisonLeadershipManagement
Vision CreationLeadership comes up with a vision and the direction to be taken and has a passionate attitude about achieving them.Management creates a process for achieving the vision by planning and budgeting.
FocusLeadership focus more on changing the approach on how things are done and would do more to bring change to the organization. Leaders are risk- takers.Management will focus more on bringing stability to an organization as long as the daily routine is maintained.
StrategyLeaders set the direction and work with people to achieve d achieve the desired goalsManagers run the administration and resources of a company. They ensure day to day planning and running of an organization
PowerLeaders have a good influence on people, they use quite styles that acknowledges others more than themselves.Managers rule their subordinates. They are paid to get work done hence operate within the constraints of time and money.
DesignLeaders strive to create new principles and guidelines and can change the policies that are in place to enable them to move from one point to another.Management formulates and designs policies to be followed and the right procedures to be applied.
ConflictsLeadership understands that conflicts are inevitable. They use conflicts as an assetManagements try to avoid conflicts at all costs
RulesLeaders break the rules for the sake of the organization they are leadingManagers set the rules to be followed and make sure they are followed
CreditLeadership prefer the give credit to those whom they worked together to achieve the goalsManagement takes credit for the goals achieved


What is Leadership?

Leadership is the art of guiding and motivating a group of people towards achieving a common objective in a given situation. It is the ability of a leader to make his juniors to work with confidence and passion.

It is the process of being able to inspire others. Effective leadership is founded on ideas whether original or copied that are communicated to others in a way that motivates them enough to perform in a way that the leader wants them to.

A leader holds leadership and special character and is able to influence others to move in his direction.


What is Management?

Management refers to a set of different philosophies relating to the purpose of, organizing, directing, planning and controlling an organization and the application of these philosophies in joining human, financial, and informational means efficiently to obtain organizational objectives.

Management is a process undertaken with the main aim of achieving a set goal.  There is a varied objective depending on the nature of the organization.

It could be for the development of a company, increase the client base, increase the knowledge of employees and develop the skills and capacity of employees or attain a specific sales target.

Managers in an organization are expected to follow due process; they come up with guidelines on how to achieve the targets. When the management is defective, it will always reflect on every other aspect of the organization.

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Main Differences Between Leadership and Management

  1. Leaders create  followership and have people following them while managers have people working for them referred to as subordinates
  2. Managers exercise power over people, they rule them while leaders create power with the people
  3. Leadership uses a proactive approach while management is reactive in nature
  4. Leaders build trust in the people by the leader while management will require control of the people by the manager.
  5. Management exercise authority on the people while leadership tried to use motivational power.
  6. Leadership works to make everyone a hero while management tries to be the hero.
  7. Leaders can lead from anywhere they don’t necessarily have to hold an official position whereas managers are always strictly on a managerial position or official position.
  8. Leaders are risk-takers and would stretch the organization to achieve its goals while a manager tries to maintain a status quo.
Difference Between Leadership and Management



Leadership and Management cannot really be separated. Where there is management, there is leadership as well. Many times managers serve the role of leaders at the organizations’ demand.

These two roles go side by side and complement each other. Both are required for the growth of any organization.

Any successful business owner requires both a leader and a manager to get their teams to believe and work towards their objectives and eventual success.

Managing the administrative roles and day to day running of an organization and pushing the company to achieve its objective are roles that both leaders and managers can do comfortably.

In many organizations, you will find leaders are the company owners and the managers are employed.

Many leaders nowadays hire people who are better than them at certain skills to help them manage the organization as they focus more on how to grow their visions and objective of the organization.

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Great explanation. Also I think that great leaders can easily manage things so it is the leadership that is a more important skill to acquire.

Piyush Yadav
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Reply to  Anurag

Thank you Anurag for your feedback. You are absolutely right. Readers like you make us publish more quality content.


I consider myself a good manager because I handle the work of 7 people under me. But how do I develop leadership skills?
Please guide.

Piyush Yadav
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Reply to  Shekhar

Hi Shekhar,
Leadership skills don’t come to you overnight. Yes, some people are born leaders like our freedom fighters in various countries.
When you experience the world, learn about human psychology and have knowledge of so many things then you are bound to become a good leader.