Business leaders often debate the difference and importance of leadership and management. How can you identify a leader or a manager? How can we leverage both of these skills in our organizations? Ramin Rastin, Regional Vice President at Time Warner Cable and Executive Leadership Group member, recently presented the question to our group members. In his blog post, "Are You A Leader or a Manager?" he defines management as "controlling tasks and creating order in an environment, while leadership is about influencing and motivating staff." Rastin believes both are the key to success in any business environment. "Leadership without management cannot sustain change and make improvements in the now; management without leadership is a goalless endeavor that lacks "the big picture" where businesses remain resilient to change," he continues on his blog at RaminRastin.com.
At Dinte Global Executive Search, we agree that both leaders and managers are important to both running the required daily operations of a business and inspiring employees to be creative. However, we believe that the best candidates we put forth to our clients are able to wear both hats. We strive to find candidates with the leadership style to inspire change, innovation, and thoughtful problem solving among team members. We also look for leaders who do not lose sight of the importance of managing daily operations and creating a structured environment for employees. To ensure that candidates will fit the client's leadership and management styles we ask some of the following questions:
- What are the principles that define your approach to leadership?
- Give me an example of where you truly had to earn the respect of your colleagues. How did you do that?
- When has a key stakeholder challenged your leadership or decision making authority? How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome?
- How do you influence key executive stakeholders?
- Give me an example of where you developed a high performance team.
- What are the strategic levers you pull to move a business forward?
- When managing a business, what are the three top things you keep an eye on?
How do you define leadership and management? How do you assess these qualities on your own leadership teams? Please feel free to join the discussion in comment section or on Rastin's LinkedIn discussion.