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Leadership without Management

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The difference between leadership and management can be illustrated by considering instances when there is one without the other.  Leadership without management sets a direction or vision that others follow, without considering how the new direction is going to be achieved.  Other people then have to work hard in the trail that is left behind, picking up the pieces and making it work.

You can see an example of this in Lord of the Rings.  At the council of Elrond, there is an argument about how they should proceed.  Frodo Baggins rescues the council from the conflict by taking responsibility for destroying the ring.  He sets a direction, but has no idea how to go about it.  During the quest, most of the management of the group comes from others - particularly Gandalf and Aragorn.

There can be leaders who don’t manage in the workplace.  For example, an entrepreneur might grow a business by networking, building relationships, and generating ideas for new products.  However, he/she might also rely on a deputy - e.g. a factory manager - to ensure the right staff are recruited, products or services are produced, and the business is delivered.

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