What is the true difference between “leading” and “managing”?
Many employees get assigned leadership responsibility without being professionally prepared for it. The success and failure of a department’s performance are also dependent to a great extent on the heads’ leadership skills. Targets must be accomplished and employees inspirationally integrated into achieving this. Reflecting on one’s own leadership methods often gets lost in the day-to day running of the business. The resources and leverage of effective leadership are often only partially exploited – and thus also the potential of the employees under one’s supervision.
Leadership skills do not set in automatically with a new title, i.e. a promotion. They are acquired and must be practised.