Wednesday 9 May 2018

Leading people is wise. Trying to manage people is not

According to Wikepdia The verb manage comes from the Italian maneggiare (to handle — especially tools), which in turn derives from the Latin manus (hand). 

The French word mesnagement (later ménagement) influenced the development in meaning of the English word management in the 17th and 18th centuries.

How did we go from the above to trying to manage people? Good question. I don’t know! My best guess is industrial revolution thinking and believing people can be treated like machines! 

In the 21st century we can lead people but not manage them. Some very wise people were onto this last century!

You manage things; you lead people.
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

One does not manage people. The task is to lead people.
Peter Drucker

I meet many so called leaders who still feel the need to plan, organize, direct and control (manage) their people. 

A better path to success to travel is to inspire and influence (leadership), have agreed boundaries, co- create great systems and processes (management), and let people loose.

My own definitions of leadership and management are contained in the model below that I use as the basis for all of my work.

A key is understanding that both leadership and management struggle unless they are underpinned by culture.

Get your leadership, management and culture right for you. It changes everything for the better in your organisation. Leadership is fundamentally about people. Management is fundamentally about systems and processes that are good for people in bringing their best to their work. Culture has everything to do with being human.

Be remarkable.

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