The Difference Between Leadership and Management

Understanding Management and Leadership Management and leadership are different in multiple ways. Understanding these differences makes a huge difference in how a volunteer administrator leads their volunteer team. John Kotter suggests, “management is about coping with complexity,” while, “leadership is about coping with change” (1995, p. 115). The idea being that managers focus on organizing the functions of an organization in order to decrease complexity while leaders look forward toward the future, inciting necessary change along the way. Hersey, Blanchard, and Johnson believe management is often associated with the skills of “planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling,” while leadership is associated ...

Are Volunteer Administrators Leaders?

Volunteer Administrators Amazing individuals oversee volunteers across the country every day. They consistently and creatively contribute to organizational missions through community partnerships and volunteers. They may work full-time, part-time, or are even unpaid. But are volunteer administrators leaders? Is their role valued within organizations as a leadership role? Volunteer Manager Research One of the most interesting articles I've read on this topic was published in 2016 by Nesbit, Rimes, Christensen, and Brudney. They interviewed 34 volunteer administrators from 20 different locations within a large library system. Their investigation focused on how individuals overseeing volunteers within a library viewed their role. ...

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