Leadership describes the skill of a person to lead and guide individuals in an organization. Management on the other hand describes the function to plan, control, execute and measure certain tasks. But both aim to get the best out of an individual’s contribution to the organization’s goals.
For decades organizations were setting up hierarchies and structures to manage their people by commanding (telling them what to do) and controlling (checking on their work). This mind-set sprung from the experience of mass manufacturing where no higher skills were needed to complete tasks. Therefore, the organization was divided into people who were supposed to work (blue collar) and those who think (white collar or managers). White collar staff were telling blue collar workers what and how to do.
The Generation Dilemma
With the social, cultural, technical and political advancement over the last 80 years the world has changed drastically. The standard of living has improved and with basic needs being more and more secured today’s employees are striving to secure their more psychological and self-fulfilling needs. Instead of job and financial security they are looking for making sense and leaving an impact. This generation is called generation Y or millennials.
Applying known techniques and tools that are familiar within Command & Control environments doesn’t seem to be effective anymore. Organizations struggle to motivate their employees or keeping their top talents as they are overwhelmed with understanding the motivations and needs of the generation Y.
Leadership can be learnt
While Management is a function, Leadership is a skill, which can be learnt. In order to be able to orchestrate the work within departments with different generations, backgrounds, seniority and experience, it is important to base the organization on different values than commanding and controlling:
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