Are You Managing Or Leading?

In every single organization, there is a Vision Gap.

This gap represents the distance between where you are and where you want to be as an organization. It can also exist in individuals and families in terms of where they are in their personal lives and where they want to be down the road. But, in this post, we’re going to focus on how to close the Vision Gap in an organization.

What is the key resource to close the Vision Gap? While financial resources are definitely important to close that gap, we’ve found that the other catalyst is: LEADERSHIP.

If leadership is so important to close the gap, then we have to ask ourselves, “Can everyone be a leader?” How you answer that question depends on your definition of a leader. What does a leader look like? Sound like? What does a leader accomplish that makes them be viewed as a “leader”? Sometimes, people blur the lines between a leader and a manager. Are they the same thing? Do they produce similar results? Does management equal leadership?

Management and leadership are both essential in the life of every healthy, progressive organization. It’s helpful to understand the differences in management and leadership so we can do both effectively.

Here are a few distinctions:

  • Managers work with systems. Leaders work with people.

  • In the context of Champions Centre, managers manage three basic areas: support, systems, and schedules.

  • In the context of Champions Centre, leaders are about the people. They draw people in, unite people around a goal, and inspire people to action.

I want to encourage you if/when you have a choice between management and leadership, to choose leadership. In an environment like our organization, we want to mobilize our church family to find their fit through serving on a team, participating in a life group, and feeling like they belong to the community. We rely on those who are managers to support the administrative side of this, and, at the same time, we need those who are leaders to put on their leadership hat so they can effectively persuade people in a positive direction.

Why choose leadership over management?

  • Leaders will draw in managers, but managers don’t draw in leaders.

  • Leadership is more about movement. Management is more about maintenance.

  • People can be managed, but they would rather be led. Even managers would rather be led than managed.

  • When people are not just managed but are led, they perform at a much higher level.

Let me be clear, if you are a manager, by all means, put your heart into management! Please know you are highly valued and necessary to the overall vision of an organization.

If you are a leader, manage what and who you must manage, but lean into leadership. Keep focused on your leadership so that you can help move people forward toward God’s best for their lives.

Leadership is a key element to close the Vision Gap (between where we are and where we want to go). Think about how you can lean into leadership for your organization. What can you do to start effectively leading instead of managing to help close the vision gap?

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Kevin Gerald

Whether speaking on a platform or writing his next book, Kevin Gerald encourages others to move life forward using practical biblical principles. Kevin founded and currently pastors Champions Centre, which is one of the largest non-denominational churches in the Northwest. When not co-pastoring with his wife, Sheila, he enjoys sports, being a papa, and exploring the great outdoors. You can learn more about him at online.