Issues & Observations

Different Strokes: On Work and Goals

Robert C. Ginnett

If managers and leaders are indeed different kinds of people who are drawn to management or leadership by their underlying natures and who have dissimilar sets of skills, do they also differ in their perceptions of and approaches to the business world? Let's look at two of the basics of that world—the nature of work itself and the setting of goals.

THE NATURE OF WORK

What is work really all about? If you ask this question of people who prefer to do managerial work and people who prefer to do leadership work, you may get quite different answers. But before I get into the details at the practical level, let me describe a technique that psychologists use to help people ...

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