Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

- Stephen Covey

This quote goes along well with what our presenter was talking about last week.  The difference between Leadership and Management.  We had a few exercises where we tried to figure out the difference between the two.  We never really determined an exact difference because so much of it is based on interpretation.  However I think it is good to talk about so that you can come up with some characteristics to try to determine what makes a good leader or a good manager.

I think a big keyword for management is "discipline".  A good leader strives for self discipline while a manager tries to invoke discipline on those he manages.  This does not mean punishment, though there may be some of that as well if employees to not meet standards.  The discipline simply refers to the managers developing standards and ensuring everyone meets those standards.  

From my coaching experience, I wanted my players to be disciplined, but also passionate.  To me, discipline focuses more on the things "you are not".  A disciplined team "does not" turn the ball over.  A disciplined team "does not" fight with each other.  However, I think people need to be careful creating an identity of things "they are not" as opposed to what they are.  

So I would kind of look at it as a person or a teams identity has two bars... an upper bar and a lower bar... and their identity and all that they are falls in between those two bars... Leadership is about raising that top bar that represents who they are... and management is about raising that lower bar and what they are not.  Both are very important for the overall identity and output of a person or team, but they focus on different parts.

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