Unlabeled Leadership

002: The Difference Between Management and Leadership

Jan. 6, 2021

On Wednesday episodes, I share leadership beliefs and unlabel terminology. For Episode Two, I break down the management and leadership concepts.

00:06 Prologue: What Experts Get Wrong about Management and Leadership

When I searched for videos about how management and leadership differ, I found several experts who don’t get these concepts.

02:33 Part 1: What is management?

I define and discuss the types of management. Then, I share a definition by Mary Parker Follet. I conclude by making the case that there is no similarity or overlap in meaning between management and leadership.

04:54 Part 2: What is leadership?

I admit it: I messed up. Starting Part 2, I say I’m going to explain how traditional and contemporary leadership differ, but I don’t talk about traditional leadership. I should have said that traditional leadership is like management with several assumptions that tend to be harmful. In other episodes, I’ll talk about these assumptions.

In this part, I explain what leadership is. I share a story about two cashiers to distinguish the difference between process and practice (the difference is relevant and worth knowing, especially if you ever create process maps). I end by sharing how L. David Marquet explains what leadership is.

12:13 Part 3: The critics

There is no standard or agreed-upon definition of leadership, and I have some notable critics. I explain and respond to some of their arguments.


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Episode links

Gary DePaul's website

Gary's books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care? 

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership

Related blogs by Gary DePaul

“What is Leadership?” Is the Wrong Question

Leadership No Longer Means Leadership!

The Real Difference between Leadership and Management

What I Didn’t Learn about Leadership in Graduate School

Background Music

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00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

02:21 Simple Piano and Orchestra Background by pinkzebra

04:36 Quirky Accordion by pinkzebra

07:22 Simple Piano and Orchestra Background by pinkzebra

12:00 Market Day by simming

17:16 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia

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