We seem to spend so much of our time pursuing the questions of Leadership that relatively little time is given to Management.
We assure ourselves that we know what management is. We assure ourselves that it is not the same as this artistry that we call Leadership. Yet all good leaders have a foundation of really good capabilities that we’d call “Management Skills”. Perhaps more importantly, what let’s really good leaders stand out is that they don’t stop developing these “Management Skills” as they develop their Leadership.
So is what we call Management really a part of Leadership? Are the separation of terms and the forced split into disciplines actually a misnomer? Are the dominant narratives a convenient collusion perpetuating them & us?
After all, when we call people Managers we are only confirming their organisational status, not their capability. If we’re talking about skills then Management is just a convenient term (disguise) for a range of very important skills highly relevant to Leadership.
I have my thoughts, some of which I’ve expressed above. What I’d really like are your informed perspectives.
So, I’d like to invite you to guest blog here. Not to argue for or against Management but to challenge the apparently dominant narratives & share your informed perspectives.
As always, if you’re interested then I’m happy to discuss what you need in terms of help, support & disclosure.
My intention is to follow up this post after the guest post(s) with how my thinking has been shaped by your input.
If you’d like to participate then please contact me via this blog, Twitter, email or LinkedIn.