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When speaking about affective leadership, many people would define it as individuals that can maintain large and complex organizations operating effectively.  This, however, is not leadership; it is management.  Management and leadership are two separate concepts.  

man·age·ment  
Noun
1. The process of dealing with or controlling things or people: "the management of deer".
2. The responsibility for and control of a company or similar organization: "the management of a newspaper".

lead·er·ship 
Noun
1.     The action of leading a group of people or an organization.
2.     The state or position of being a leader.

Management is a set of processes, like planning, staffing jobs, and evaluating work performance.  Though management is crucial for an organization to stay afloat, it is not leadership.  Leadership is taking an organization to its full potential, and finding opportunities for growth.  Leadership is about voicing the vision of the organization, and getting others to believe in it.  Most importantly, leadership is about producing change.  Leadership is more than a person’s “charisma,” but rather a person’s behavior, and how he/she promotes the vision of the organization.  Leadership can happen no matter where someone is in the hierarchy of the organization.  In order to have affective leadership, we first need to understand that leadership is not management. If we can do this, then the quality of leadership will be stronger and change can happen.  

Samantha Lingeman 
Indianapolis, IN 





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