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The Distinction between Leadership and Management

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Leadership can be classified as a process of setting a new direction for a group or organization. Management; directing and controlling according to established principles. Leadership is an asset of a successful manager. Thus, the main aim of a manager is to maximize the output of an organization through administrative implementation. In so doing, managers undertake the tasks of organizing, planning, staffing, directing and controlling (Clemmer, 2010). Leadership is a component of directing. In this regard, a manager cannot simply be a leader, as he/she requires formal authority in order to be effective.

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Managers generally have subordinates except when a position is granted to them based on seniority. They operate from a position of authority accorded to them by their organization. Management is transactional by nature; that is, the manager tells the subordinate what to do, and the subordinate follows because of they are paid to do so. It should be noted that managers are paid to get things done often within tight constraints of time and money. They thus delegate ...

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Two very interesting concepts. What do they mean and what is the difference between the two?

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