Leadership is to people what management is to systems
Holding a position of leadership in the military for almost twenty-five years was a privilege. From my first day as a 23-year-old Lieutenant leading 40 soliders in South Korea to a Lieutenant Colonel leading an organization of over 600 soldiers in the Middle East, the “leadership lab” provided by the military was a game changer. After all, leadership in the military is a strategic advantage.
Leadership, however, isn’t the only strategic advantage.
Both leadership and management play key roles in the military – just as they do in organizations all over the world.
I was recently listening to a Franklin Covey podcast where Stephen M.R. Covey stated,“Millennials don’t want to be managed. They want to be led, inspired, and trusted.” This got me thinking because it completely contradicts Abraham Zaleznik’s theory from his HBR Classic, “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” where he states, “Leadership is really managing work that other people do.”