Leadership and management are not entirely different, but they are different in many ways. Comparing leadership and management is more accurately the comparison of a combination of strong leadership and management skill with a level of management skill where the leadership component is missing. It is a difficult comparison to make explicitly, but examples in real life abound!
The following matrix offers a good grouping of characteristics to think about for project managers:
|More concerned with vision||More concerned with implementation than the vision|
|Oriented toward â€œdrivingâ€ change, Â Â Â and anticipating environmental changes||Oriented toward â€œadaptingâ€ to change, not taking the initiative|
|Concerned with dynamics of a situation, which provides hints on how to leverage or shape; concerned with setting or changing the culture||Concerned more with technique; sometimes preoccupied with maintaining order and the status quo, but otherwise with adapting to the culture|
|Concerned with empowering||Concerned with BEING empowered|
|Actions demonstrate skill, but are strongly character based||Actions tend to be more strongly skill-based|
|More concerned with positive possibilities||More concerned with negative consequences|
|Concerned with building and/or reshaping the organization; willing to use skills of persuasion to advance vision and ideas of possibilities – regardless of position||Concerned with filling out the prescribed organization; adopt behavior and attitudes according to level or position; tend to be more protective of position, information, and knowledge; may feel that a situation is out of their control or influence|
|Understand their strengths and weaknesses, and are willing to learn from their mistakes and grow; able and interested in helping others do the same||Tend to avoid risks for self protection, and hence growth is more limited; might understand strengths and weaknesses, but unaware of how to manage them to achieve goals|
|See relationships as opportunities for growth; personal goals in alignment with organizational goals; recognize that interdependence is the best way to achievement||See a more limited web of relationships in terms of immediately adjacent areas; tend to focus mostly on goals set by others, and work more independently within organizational limitationsÂ Â Â|
|Build â€˜systemsâ€™ to support goals, empower others, and provide direction; promote sharing and collaboration; concerned with removal of performance barriers; and continued growth of team members||Concerned with segmenting areas of responsibility; become â€˜indispensableâ€™ and part of the â€˜systemâ€™; overly concerned with what team members do and howÂ Â Â|
Evaluate yourself on these and think about what you need to do to raise your level of leadership.