Change leadership expert and Harvard Professor, John Kotter, writes profoundly in his book “Leading Change” (c. 1996)   about the difference between leading amd managing change.

For the last century or so he contends that companies and universities have developed management programs.  Business was safer and slower.  The goal was to get it started and then have it smoothly managed.

Kotter writes, “For every entrepreneur or business leader who was a leader we needed hundreds of managers to run their ever growing enterprises.”

Now however Kotter contends that leaders are needed.

Here are his definitions of the two fields.

“Management is  a set of processes that can keep a complicated system of people and technology running smoothly.”

“Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances.”

“Leadership,” he concludes, “defines what the future looks like.”

How’s your future looking?

Answer One:   “We’ll manage.”

Answer Two:   “I’ll help lead.”