Quote of the Day – Drucker on Leadership vs Management

Peter Drucker“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

- Peter Drucker

I decided that the “theme” for this week’s inspirational quotes would be Leadership – reminding us what leadership is and inspiring us to become better leaders, regardless of our position in life.

Today’s quote is one by Peter Drucker, explaining in very brief terms the difference between leadership vs management.  During the course of our lives, I’m sure we have all known people who were managers, but not leaders.  Usually these individuals stick out so strongly in our minds that we don’t even need to give this question a moment’s thought – examples merely pop into mind like bad flashbacks.  In fact, Drucker is quoted elsewhere regarding bad management:

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work

Lack of leadership in management positions may be one of the biggest determinations of management failure.  From the manager’s perspective, they may be doing everything right – technically speaking.  From the employee’s perspective, this is often something we feel , even if we can’t quite put our finger on the cause.

If you are a manager reading this today, you should stop and ask yourself if you are both a manager and a leader.  This is a question that every manager should stop to ask themselves on a regular basis.  Consider that for the day, and as we go throughout the remainder of this week, we will be reminded of what leadership entails.

If you are an employee, student, retiree, stay at home mom/dad, or any other career or stage of life:  keep in mind that you do not need to be at the top of the management heap to display leadership.  Leadership, when done properly, affects people both up and down then chain from you. Ponder the above quote for the day, and remember to “do the right things!”

About Peter Drucker:  Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005) was a famed management consultant, whose books and writings have had a profound affect on modern management theories.  Hailed as “the man who invented management”, his legacy continues through The Drucker Institute – a management institute founded after his death to grow Peter’s management philosophies into the future.


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