Dr. James Cummings
I speak to business leaders every day, and I hear a cluster of specific topics that are of concern for them. One of these relates to the idea “I have to tell people what to do everyday, or they don’t do anything!” Another relates to understanding the differences between leadership and management. Not surprisingly, these two challenges are closely intertwined.
Although the field of leadership is steadily gaining ground in both academic and professional literature, there is little agreement regarding what leadership actually is. I’ve been interested in the subject since before it became the topic de jour, and I have concluded that leadership is not one concept, but instead a rich, dynamic experience that has several facets to it. In order to understand leadership, it is important to break it down into these smaller parts. One of these smaller parts is understanding the difference between leadership and management; another is understanding the complex psychology behind motivation.