Monday, April 14, 2008

leaders and managers

Yesterday I started reading Leading Change by John Kotter a professor at Harvard Business School. This book came out in 1996 and I picked it up off of a table of give-away books at my old District Superindentents office over a year ago. Pretty good so far. He's making a point that we need leaders instead of managers to make change. Here's a blip:

Management is a set of processes that can keep a complicated system of people and technology running smoothly. The most important aspects of management include planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, controlling, and problem solving.

Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances. Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen despite obstacles. The distinction is absolutely crucial for our purposes here. (p.25)

This is a helpful distinction I think. It also helps me recognize that its the management stuff that makes me crazy, not the leadership stuff, which I find exciting. Anyone want to manage my church for me so that I can just lead?

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