Management Tip of the Day: Don't foresake managing for leading

Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:50am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"The distinction between leading and managing is a subject of ongoing debate.

Leading is often characterized as the more glamorous job: leaders guide, influence, and inspire their people while managers implement ideas and get things done.

But leaders who focus exclusively on coming up with big, vague ideas for others to implement can become disconnected from their team or organization. Avoid being a 'big-picture only' leader.

Make decisions and develop strategies that take into account the real-world constraints of cost and time. Stay involved with the details of implementation.

Sure it's easier to come up with ideas and tell others to make them so, but you also need to roll up your sleeves and understand what it takes to make those ideas a reality."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "True Leaders Are Also Managers" by Robert I. Sutton.

 
<p>A man walks inside the Athens' stock exchange in Athens April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis</p>