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From Management to Leadership: Strategies for Transforming Health, 3rd Edition by Jo Manion

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Distinguishing Between Management and Leadership

How does leadership differ from management? Most would agree that not all managers are good leaders and not all leaders are good managers. However, differentiating between these two concepts concisely and concretely is difficult. A common misconception is that the legitimate authority of a position, such as holding a management job or an elected office, automatically confers leadership skills on the person holding that position. Nothing is further from the truth. In the same way, simply being able to biologically reproduce does not make a person a good parent. Leadership and management are two separate and distinct concepts, although they may exist simultaneously in the same person. In an interview ...

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