What Is Management

Let’s talk a little about what is management and what is leadership to help differentiate the two.  Knowing the difference will help you focus and hone your management skills.

What Is Management?

Most managers have a title suggesting authority and have employees who work for them in a chain of command.  These working relationships are largely transactional.  The manager directs the employees on their team and communicates priority tasks for the day or week, the subordinate executes those tasks, and the manager supervises and approves the work.

Who is a manager?  A manager does more than acquire and wield power.  They use management skills to plan, build, and direct organizational systems in order to accomplish missions and goals.  Managers generally make sure that day-to-day operations are running smoothly according to previously established parameters.  Managers maintain the status quo. They ensure important work is done, and done well. They focus on meeting goals.

Management is not leadership, but that doesn’t make it a lesser role in an organization.  A manager can be successful without being an inspiration or paradigm-shifting thoughtful leader.  Similarly, a leader may be successful yet less skilled at managing people.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The act or art of managing : the conducting or supervising of something (such as a business).

Judicious use of means to accomplish an end.

The collective body of those who manage or direct an enterprise.


Management (or managing) is the administration of organizations, whether they are a business, a nonprofit organization, or a government body. It is the science of managing resources of the business.

Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organization and coordinating the efforts of its employees (or of volunteers) to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources.

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My mentor once told me that management is about getting things done through other people. It was a little hard to understand at the time, but as my experience has grown, it makes perfect sense.

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“Get the right people. Then no matter what all else you might do wrong after that, the people will save you. That’s what management is all about.”

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