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They were looking for a scapegoat to blame for the failure of U. The war cry was to replace managers with leaders. One of the most strident critics of management was the Harvard Business School professor, Abraham Zaleznik. It is time to bring management back from the dead to take its rightful place alongside leadership as an essential organizational function.

In a book published inThe Managerial MystiqueZaleznik says that “what Taylor proposed through his system of management lies at the core of how modern managers are supposed to think and act. The principle is rationality. The aim is efficiency. Taking his lead from Taylor, Zaleznik abrahwm managers as being cold efficiency machines who “adopt impersonal, if not passive, attitudes towards goals. In abrahham article Zaleznik makes exactly the same claim, stating that: Zaleznik believes that, while managers seek activity with people, they “maintain a low level of emotional involvement in those relationships.

This emotional blandness when combined with the preoccupation on process, leads to the impression that managers are inscrutable, detached and even manipulative.

It is not clear what evidence Zaleznik has for these abaham. Zaleznik believes that leaders are creative and interested in substance while managers are only interested in process — how things are done, not what.

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However, there is no real basis for this personality distinction. Even if this is historically accurate, there is nothing in this alleged fact that commits management to operating in this manner forever.

Why can we not simply upgrade management in a way that meets the demands of a different world, one involving more knowledge work than assembly line operations? This leaves the means of managing completely open. Among the questions raised by this discussion are as follows: A rationale for focusing on personality is the assumption that both leaders and managers perform the same function and are thus competing for the same territory of getting work done through people.

From this point of view, leaders simply do it better than managers. If they both have the same function, then there is no way to differentiate them other than by pointing to style or personality differences.

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But what if we say that they have different functions? John Kotter tried this approach, saying that managers deal with complexity while leaders focus on change. But he had one foot in the past because, despite the different focus, he still wanted to say that leaders were inspirational and managers transactional. That is, Kotter was not fully focused on function; he was still thinking of role occupants in the traditional manner who needed to be differentiated by style.


A fully functional perspective should make no mention of personality when we define leadership and management. The same is true of sales and marketing. These are organizational functions that are independent of role in the sense that all employees can engage in them. Where they are formal sales and marketing zaeznik, people in sales might be more outgoing and those in marketing might be more analytical, but this has nothing do with how we zaleznij these functions.

Functional definitions should make it clear that sales, marketing, leadership or management are processes, tools that anyone can pick up and use, just like writing, cooking or composing. Here are some fully functional definitions of leadership and management: Management, so defined, is something we all do every day, even if only when we manage our time.

Management is like investment, an attempt to get the best return or add the most value relative to specific goals and resources. Managers apply the same principles as an unemployed person looking for a job; they just have more resources to manage and more complex tasks to undertake.

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An effective manager is one who gets the best out of all resources. When abrxham intelligent knowledge workers this can include letting them manage themselves to a large extent but also being supportive, empowering and developmental and, yes, even inspiring or transformational.

A transformational leader inspires us to change direction while a transformational manager motivates us to work harder. Thus a manager need not be controlling or mechanistic. Style is totally situational, not part zalezink how we define management. Management works through two processes: Like management, leadership can also be shown by all employees as it is also a tool or process not a role.

It works through influence, not by making decisions. This definition includes a range of kinds of leadership that have nothing to do with the conventional image of the person in charge of a group.

Leadership-as-influence can be shown bottom-up when employees promote new products or better ways of working to their bosses.

Showing the way for others is also how market leading companies like Apple lead their competitors. Green leaders have a leadership impact on communities around the globe when their speeches induce changes in policies. Martin Luther King had a similar leadership impact on the general population and the US Supreme Court when his demonstrations against segregation on buses led the latter to rule it unconstitutional.

Such leadership is a one-off event or impact, not an ongoing role and it is totally style neutral. The influence used in leadership can range from a stirring vision to a hard-hitting, evidence-based factual pitch. It all depends on the issue and the target audience. A front line technical employee might cite abrahwm facts in a quiet way or lead by example while a CEO advocating a major change in direction is likely to need a stirring vision to move people.

Traits such as integrity and emotional intelligence are agraham important for managers because they have responsibility for people. By contrast, leadership only needs these traits situationally, depending on what it takes to move a particular audience.

Our conventional view of leadership is that of a person in charge of a group. We want one person to look up to who can give us direction, soothe our anxieties, inspire us and give our lives meaning. This is why we use positive words to describe leaders and why we look to glamorous CEOs or heads of states, rather than front line supervisors as our paradigm cases of leadership.


But such leadership is paternalistic because the leader is cast in the role of good parent while the manager is relegated to the bad parent role. This is a very primitive concept of leadership that is dangerously out of date in a knowledge driven world that needs all employees thinking for themselves and relating to people on an adult-adult basis as opposed to a parent-child one.

We like binary opposites such as hot — cold, good — bad. Portraying management in negative terms is our way of rationalizing our desire to idealize leaders, but this way of looking at zalezni actually says more about us and our needs than it does about the abraam leadership actually works. The question in this form is not abraha, because many types of people can both lead and manage.

Management and leadership are indeed different. They have different aims making best use of resources versus showing others a better way and they agraham in different ways deciding or facilitating versus influencing.

Beyond Leadership Style Leadership Traits: Is Leadership a Relationship? What is an Effective Manager? Are You Making Progress? Abraham Avraham on Leadership. Management Versus Leadership Among the questions raised by this discussion are as follows: Should we focus on personality to differentiate leaders from managers? Should we focus on individuals in roles or functions? A Functional Slant A fully functional perspective should make no mention of personality zaaleznik we define leadership and management.

Abaham shows the way for others, either by example or by advocating a new direction. Management achieves goals in a way that makes the best use abrabam all pertinent resources. How Management Works Management, so defined, is something we all do every day, even if only when we manage our time. How Leadership Works Like management, leadership can also be shown by all employees as it is also a tool or process not a role.

Answering Zaleznik The question in this form is not answerable because many types of people can both lead and manage. Three Ways of Defining Leadership. Here are 3 popular ways of defining leadership, each from a slightly different perspective: The Leader as Activist. How does an activist become a leader? Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mandela were activists who we now recognize as leaders Four Levels of Employee Engagement. The evidence is clear: How Engaging Are You?

Too many managers want their employees to be self-sufficient with minimal attention to keep them going. No wonder so many Four Images of Leadership. Diversity and wise crowds create new ideas.

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