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An introduction to public leadership
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1.3.2 Balancing leadership and management

Traditionally, leadership is defined by its alleged opposite: management.

  • Management is concerned with executing routines and maintaining organisational stability: it is essentially concerned with control.
  • Leadership is concerned with direction setting, and with new things happening, and is essentially linked to change, movement and persuasion.

Think about one or more roles that you hold in an organisation you work for, a voluntary organisation you are involved with, a professional network you are a member of, and/or a social community you are part of. Based on what you have studied, would you characterise your role(s) as involving management and/or leadership?

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