Leadership vs. Management

Leadership and management are terms that are often used interchangeably to depict someone who manages a team of people. In reality leadership vs. management are very different in concept and characteristics.


Management has been defined as the process of getting things done through and with people.  It is the planning and directing of effort and the organizing and employing of resources (both human and material) to accomplish some predetermined objective.  One of the key characteristics of a manager is very basic in the sense that they are someone who was given their authority by the nature of their role. They ensure work gets done; focus on day to day tasks; and manage the activities of others. Managers focus on tactical activities and often times have a more directive and controlling approach. This is a skill set that is greatly needed in the University. Being able to organize people to accomplish tasks can be a great asset.


Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. To demonstrate characteristics of a leader you must be more strategically focused and rather than directing employees through tasks, they inspire and motivate employees to drive themselves.  Leaders are also very focused on change. Recognizing that continual improvement can be achieved in their people and their activities can be a great step towards continued success. Being able to lead their teams through change, rather than manage them through it has infinite rewards.

The University recognizes the need for both quality managers and leaders. Thus, the CSU Leadership Competency model serves as a development tool for you.

CSU Leadership Competency Model