Leading vs. Managing

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

There are leaders, and there are managers. They are two very different positions. While some people can do both at once, it is an important distinction that should be examined and understood by anyone in a leadership position.

Managers are responsible for the work getting done, while leaders are responsible for forging ahead and showing people how to get the work done. There is a need for both roles, but there can be tension and stress when managers and leaders do not agree—and employees often respond differently to different styles of management or leadership.

Managing Styles
When it comes to management, there are a variety of styles that can be found in the office. There is the manager who likes to run around and put out fires, a direct contrast to the manager who sits back and expects the team to take care of everything. Then there are managers who live to work and expect everyone else to do the same.

Trying to catalog different management styles is almost an impossible task, but there are some important distinctions to understand. Is trust given by the manager to the people on the team, or does the manager watch everything (or try to watch everything)? Is the manager knowledgeable about what is going on in the team or teams, or do they have a hands-off approach? Management style is more than just personality—it is the relationships that exist between …

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