What Is Management?
There are many and diverse ways of defining and describing management. Find a list of definitions here. You will hear others in the videos and articles below.
How is management different from leadership?
This is debated. Clearly, it depends on the definition you have adopted. There might not be a sharp distinction but some overlap. Some say there is no difference but most people see them as different functions. Some people will be good at one and other people good at the other.
Some descriptions are quite disparaging of managers, for example, saying that they depend on their position for their authority and get things done by inspiring fear. That seems quite unreasonable when good managers build good relationships as the basis of their work.
The Leadership Versus Management Debate: What's The Difference? - Mela Lush (Institute of Management New Zealand)
Three Differences Between Managers And Leaders - Vineet Nayar (Harvard Business Review)
Leadership Vs Management: What's The Difference? - Matt Gavin (Harvard Business School Online)
Leadership Vs Management: Five Ways They Are Different - Liz Ryan (Forbes)
Leader Vs Manager: What's The Difference? - (Western Governor's University)
Are Leadership And Management Different? A Review - Ali Algahtani (Journal Of Management Policies And Practices)
Leadership Vs Management: The 5 Main Differences - Kristina Martic (Smarp)
Understanding the Differences: Leadership Vs Management - (go2HR)
Arguing that there is no distinction
Leadership And Management Are One And The Same - Neelam Azad et al (American Journal Of Pharmaceutical Education)
A Manager's Functions
What Do Managers Actually Do?
A common description of a manager's functions:
Of course, there are many variations on that. Look at the various outlines below and come to your own conclusion about what managers do.
Henry Mintzberg categorised 10 functions under three headings as follows
How To Be A Good Manager