Leadership versus management (words matter)

By William Seidman I’m continuously on the lookout for better ways to help teams do better. Language can make all the difference. For example, “management” versus “leadership.” In our work with performance improvements associated with strategic initiatives, team work, particularly teams led by executives, is critical. When we talk about manage your team, we get minimal response. “Managing” gives people a case of the blahs. However, when we change our language to how to lead a team, particularly how to create a compelling purpose, people respond with much greater engagement and dynamism. Renew your language.  Talk about things that really matter and that inspire people. The results of thinking and talking about real leadership, rather than “management,” might surprise you.]]>

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