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Leading and managing are seen as nearly identical, interchangeable words by most people. Even people who should and must know the huge difference often don?t. That?s why I write about the difference several times each year.

The difference between managing and leading is more, way, way, way, way more, than mere semantics. The difference in mindset between someone who attempts to manage people and someone who actually leads people is gigantic.

The people who are managed feel that difference everyday. It feels as if they are a cog in the wheel, a bit player with little or no opportunity to grow into something more. You may be able to force the compliance of a managed human being but you will never earn their commitment. Only a leader can earn the commitment of an emotional being.

Managing is mostly about stuff. We manage budgets, plans, inventories, buildings, etc. All the ?stuff?…

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