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Leadership, Management and Change Projects Explained

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Leadership, Management and Change Projects Explained

What is the difference between managment and leadership, and how can companies evaluate both when faced with change?

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Leadership is often mistaken for ordering people around, while, in truth, it is the complete opposite. If all anyone is doing is ordering people around, then they leave their team no space to grow. It is a leader's responsibility to get the job done but also see to it that the team has a chance to showcase their abilities. A leader needs to step into the ring as well, and lead from the front instead of just telling people what to do and how to do it. If someone dictates everything, then it leaves the team hardly any scope to test what they are made of, and how much they can improve. But a true leader should be able to gauge the collective potential of the group and work accordingly to bring out the best in everybody while keeping in mind that the people need to function in a specific way so that alignment with the strategy is not harmed.

Leadership has a lot of common ground with management because leadership involves managing people as well. A good leader cannot only lead every time, as there comes a time when people are needed to step up. If they have been exposed to a system which only lets them do a specific part of the process, this leaves them vulnerable to mistakes, and improper implementation of the strategy in the absence of the leader. Thus it is important for a leader to manage the people and resources in such a way that they are able to grow, and become capable of making their own decisions, which will enable them to complete any task assigned even in the absence of a leader. Another big aspect of leadership and management is delegation. It is in the team's best interest that good leaders delegate some tasks to people who have mastery in a certain field, which helps them grow into the company and increase productivity. If a task needs completion within a short amount of time, a leader's true abilities are tested when he/she has to decide how to delegate the task in order to get the best outcome in the least amount of time possible.

Managing change is one of the most sophisticated jobs a leader has to face. A change manager needs to work with project managers to identify the areas and communicate how the changes will affect the company and the stakeholders. Change management is slowly becoming an extremely recognized area which is being documented but does not involve any formalized sets of processes or guidelines. There is no such start of the end date, and the timeline is a bit blurry compared to the project management timeline. Tasks and objectives are not set in stone which leads to these change management processes becoming very diverse, despite having what seems to be identical goals. The leader of a change management division only needs to manage the impacts of the changes which result due to the organizational activities. Which also involves implementing strategies which deal with change.

Change management is very important for a company. Although project management is the main focus of companies because they earn revenues, and accomplish goals, there are a lot of people who are not involved in the entire run of project management. This is the reason why many of them suffer from resistance and anxiety. This also hampers the number of buy-ins to the strategies of the company, which can later harm project management as well. Change management is required to assess how these individuals are affected and smoothen the transition.


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