Do you MANAGE? Do you SUPERVISE? Do you LEAD?

WRITTEN February 28, 2012 Author: Rich Atkins

Do you MANAGE? Do you SUPERVISE? Do you LEAD?

Management is the act or art of managing or directing for a purpose. Management is akin to administration; keeping control. It includes business dealings, negotiation, and arrangements. Always, management uses judicious means to accomplish an end. Synonyms include: conduct; administration; government; direction; guidance; care; charge.

Supervision is the act of overseeing—inspection, superintendence, oversight.

There are many definitions of Leadership. These definitions share common ideas and terms:

  • Exerting influence
  • Motivating and inspiring
  • Helping others realize potential
  • Setting an example
  • Selflessness
  • Making a difference

1.     Managing means “taking care of business.”

2.     When you supervise you have “super vision” (seeing the big picture), aligning your staff with the organization’s mission, vision, values, and goals.

3.     Leading means bringing people from one place to another —and in many cases, they enjoy the journey.

Leadership brings groups closer to a desirable future state, with an emphasis on character, integrity, and communication.

 What leadership skills will you work on today?


This information is from the Improving Communications Leadership & Management Development class. If you’re looking for ways to improve your communication skills, register for one of our public classes.

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