Management is not the same thing as leadership.
- Management is primarily focused on implementation while leadership is focused on inspiration.
- Management is primarily focused on making today better than yesterday while leadership is focused on make the future better than today.
- Management is primarily focused on how / what while leadership is focused on why.
Still not sure of the difference? Comparing Dell and Apple should help see the difference between management and leadership:
Dell is driven by what they do (make computers);
Apple is driven by why.
Dell tends to avoid risks or innovation. They appear to be content with manufacturing computers, monitors, etc. and selling them to consumers. Apple, on the other hand, is continually seeking to innovate, inspire, and change the status quo (and that often means a drawerful of adapters and dongles for their customers!)
Management is not bad. People need to manage well to be good leaders. However, someone can be a good manager but not be a good leader.
So, what’s the point?
God has called us men to be leaders and not just managers. Don’t be content with just managing finances, time, health, personal Bible reading, prayer time, hobbies, etc. Lead in those areas. Lead your friends in making wise decisions. Lead your family in prayer. Lead in the spiritual discussions in your home. Inspire those around you to follow Christ.
As the Apostle Paul said, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ”
(I Corinthians 11:1).