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Understanding When to Manage


Any organization's goals must be managed and led. Managing and leading your team appropriately is the key to success. Today's business is all about leadership. Leadership is responsible for improvement of performance and growth of new leaders. People say that it is better to be a leader than a manager.

The best leaders assume a management role when it makes sense to do so. A business's growth is sustainable when its leaders and managers lead and manage appropriately. Knowing when to manage and when to lead is a key leadership skill.

The purpose of this article is to explain what leadership and management are, how they differ, when to manage versus lead, and what the benefits are.

When to Manage in the Workplace

Leaders and managers must know when to lead versus manage. Often, professionals in authority roles must alternate between both types of supervision. One approach is often more suited to a particular situation than the other. As we discuss in this article, business owners and professionals need to know when to lead and when to manage.

Management Defined

A manager coordinates tasks and projects to achieve a goal. A manager oversees a team, ensures that each person understands what is expected of them, and coordinates efforts to ensure goals are met.

A manager's basic duties include: