Just when you think that it’s gone…NOPE! “you sonofawhoreson bitch! I wish I knew how to quit you.”  

Listening to a webinar and trolling FaceBook this week Management vs. Leadership reared up, like a lustful unicorn seeking its fictitious mate.

Below is a PSA that shares the absolute non-sense, and hours of time wasted on this discussion. I get the irony and hypocrisy, tell me all about it in the comments.

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Why Unicorns in any kind of sexual act?

It is the idea of two made up things doing something that can only happen in make-pretend land. Leadership and management are only seen and evidenced through outputs of work. The outputs of work for the manager (who is exercising leadership in their role) and the team-members whom the manager sets direction for.

We can talk about “Management & Leadership” AND the only way we can empirically judge the work is through concrete completion of the work. We cannot appraise anyone’s effectiveness based on our imagination and feelings.

BTW I really like what Bob Sutton did with this concept Leadership vs. Management: An Accurate But Dangerous Distinction?

What do you think?

Is the metaphor apt? How do you see leadership illustrated through competent management? What else?

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