Difference Between Leadership and Management

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Short Paper # 3
The difference between leadership and management is an interesting and often, misunderstood difference in sport and in society as well. First the definition of each of these terms needs to be examined and analyzed before the difference can be determined. According to www.dictionary .com, the definition of a manager is someone that has control or direction of something (institution.) Dictionary.com gives this definition for a leader: is a person that leads; lead is defined as going before to show the way; conduct or escort. From the definitions, there is a similarity but a big difference as well.

In a sports setting, the manager’s mission is to establish a mission and have his workers/employees make the vision come to life the best they can while spending the least amount of money. The way this is operated and conducted is vital to the success of the sports program/organization and is dependent on the manager. For the most part, according to our module lecture, managers, “define,” some organizations by their “short-term” and “long-term” planning. Management is not only responsible for making sure everything they need done is taken care of, they are also liable for the continued success and growth of their organization. Managers are accountable for so much of the success, operation and mishaps that occur with an organization. Overall, management is an occupation.

Leadership is a trait that every manager has to obtain, but leadership is also still a trait. Like our lecture explains, leadership is a behavioral process. It is something that has to be developed and is actually only visible in select figures in the sports industry.
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