Victoria GraeveCunningham, Director of Lean Operations
Managing is centered on exercising the activities to advance the direction of the organization, while leading is influencing others and creating a vision for change.
The overlap between leadership and management can be blurred especially, because the similarities shared by both roles: (a) influencing people, (b) working towards meeting goals, and (c) ensuring the success of an organization. It may not always be evident, but there is a distinct difference between the two; meaning, they require different skills and strengths.
Even though there is a delineation between the roles, as organizations focus on eliminating waste to increase the bottom line, it is becoming more common for an employee to hold both management and leadership responsibilities. Organizations should not assume because someone is an effective manager they will be a great leader or visa versa. Therefore, it is imperative that organizations ensure their management team obtain leadership knowledge and skills through effective training.