Written by Katie Bielefeld
Leadership, defined as the ‘behavioral process of influencing individuals and groups towards set goals” (Barrow, 1997) is significantly different than management. A manager is generally more concerned with plans, schedules, employees, and organization. There are more differences between the two, managers and leaders, than one might think.
Leaders specialize in their ability to influence personal growth. They aim to improve character and quality of life, both for themselves and those around them. A leader can use influence to create a desire in people to follow advice. They are not only people centered, but can also be activity centered. Leaders are futuristic. They look toward impacting results in the future. They use tools and activities that teach attitudes and ideals. Leaders are concerned with what is happening to those they are influencing, how they will perform and what goals and values they will reach for.