Similarities between leadership and management


Leadership and management are both necessary for the success of any organization.  These terms are often used interchangeably by some while others see them as separate. Leaders are the inspiration, mentors, praises, and give directions to problems. Leaders may be more open with communication and participative in their encouragements of employing new concepts to help resolve a crisis. Managers are the planners, problem finders and solving, communication with team solving the problems. Managers may be known as having a stronger talent in solving problems and making use of scientific methods to come up with substantial solutions they the team may face every day (Huber, 2014).

I believe that the overlap between leadership and management are necessary for success. As a nurse manager and leader, I see this every day. Our nurse managers are also considered part of the leadership team. Our A-team, administration, would be considered the leaders in regards to this question. We are a rural hospital so we all work every close together and have an open communication among us. An example that I witnessed lately in the overlap is the construction on my psychiatry floor. We are in the process of updating our unit. There are construction workers in and out of the unit who does not understand that psychiatry is locked down for a reason.  As a manager, I have spoken with them and explained the rationale; I have spoken with their supervisors and explained the rationale. They all state they understand but I continue to witness the misbehavior entering and exiting the unit on the cameras in my office. I then go to my administration for guidance and help with the outside contractors. I experience guidance, open communication, and the administration goes to “manage” the construction crew.


Leadership is the process of influencing people accomplish goals .The key concepts related to leadership are influence, communication, group process, goal attainment and motivation (Huber, 2013). Management is the coordination and integration of resources through planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling to accomplish specific institutional goals and objectives (Huber, 2013).

Leadership is one of the most important factors that determine the survival and success of groups and organizations. Effective leadership is important in nursing because of its impact on the quality of nurses’ work lives, being a stabilizing influence during constant change, and for nurses productivity and quality of care. In leadership quality of life depends on quality of leaders. The leadership focus is on people, human relationship aspects while management focuses on systems, structure and tasks accomplishment (Huber, 2013).

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