Leadership, like class, is hard to define, but easy to spot.

Someone once defined management as the effective coordination of the efforts of the individuals in a group to accomplish that stated objectives of the organization. Managers get results by establishing goals and working with and through people to achieve those goals.

As a manager, your success depends on your ability to:

Find and attract career-oriented men and women who have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to do the job, who are motivated to work, and who will cooperate with you and each other, and;

Develop and manage these people to meet specific performance standards.

Management is a process because it involves a series of skills. But management is as much attitude as it is skills. Managers should be helpful supporters, working to build trust and confidence, and seeking to improve performance by recognizing that individuals have different needs, motivations and aspirations.

That means, the more of a leader you are, the better manager you will be.

Happily, most leaders are made, not born. They are cultivated, shaped and strengthened by education, training and real-world experience. Understanding leadership AND management is a good way of becoming more proficient at both.

What is leadership? What does it take to be a leader? Here's a short course:

Leadership means having a mission and inspiring others to be committed to it. The mission is everything; leaders approach it with enthusiasm.

Leaders are agents of change; they make decisions based on a vision of the future, not just on established directions.

Leaders take risks to make things happen that would not otherwise happen.

Leaders need a combination of competence, integrity, credibility and authority. They're seen as being involved in a lot of things and able to answer a lot of questions.

Leadership is a collaborative, not individual, process. It's the ability to get people to do what you want them to because they want to do it!

Leaders help people do their best.

Leaders depend on themselves and act on their own authority, but they recognize the importance of others.

Leaders ask questions and know how to listen.

Leaders let others talk; they don't talk about themselves.

Leadership begins when people disagree.

the knowledge, skills and attitudes to do the job, who are motivated to work, and who will cooperate with you and each other, and;

Develop and manage these people to meet specific performance standards.

Management is a process because it involves a series of skills. But management is as much attitude as it is skills. Managers should be helpful supporters, working to build trust and confidence, and seeking to improve performance by recognizing that individuals have different needs, motivations and aspirations.

That means, the more of a leader you are, the better manager you will be.

Happily, most leaders are made, not born. They are cultivated, shaped and strengthened by education, training and real-world experience. Understanding leadership AND management is a good way of becoming more proficient at both.

What is leadership? What does it take to be a leader? Here's a short course:

Leadership means having a mission and inspiring others to be committed to it. The mission is everything; leaders approach it with enthusiasm.

Leaders are agents of change; they make decisions based on a vision of the future, not just on established directions.

Leaders take risks to make things happen that would not otherwise happen.

Leaders need a combination of competence, integrity, credibility and authority. They're seen as being involved in a lot of things and able to answer a lot of questions.

Leadership is a collaborative, not individual, process. It's the ability to get people to do what you want them to because they want to do it!

Leaders help people do their best.

Leaders depend on themselves and act on their own authority, but they recognize the importance of others.

Leaders ask questions and know how to listen.

Leaders let others talk; they don't talk about themselves.