Leadership and management are different from each other in many ways because a team member can be a leader but not have the title of manager. These areas need to overlap in the healthcare field because a nurse should have these skills in order to have autonomy and be trusted to effectively do their job. A leader leads their team with little to no supervision while a manager must have a team to do and ensure completion of tasks. Although the two titles, leader and manager, have different meanings as our reading suggests it is important that we understand they have a substantial similarity.
Management focuses on increased productivity and balancing budgets to get the job done while leadership has people in the field with hands on the job. The definition of management is: the coordination and integration of resources through planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and controlling to accomplish specific institutional goals and objectives (Huber, 2010, p. 6). The definition of leadership is: The process of influencing people to accomplish goals (Huber, 2010, p. 5)
Nurses need to have the ability to be leaders but as we progress in our careers, we need to take on more managerial roles. I think the overlap in leadership and management will give us the ability to be knowledgeable and well-rounded nurse that holds many assets that companies desire. “Nurse leaders will serve a primary role in leading change to meet the current and future demands of our healthcare system” (O’Neill, 2013).
Huber, D. L. (2010). Leadership and nursing care management (4th ed.). Maryland Heights, MO: Saunders Elsevier.
O’Neill, J. A. (2013, April). Advancing the nursing profession begins with leadership. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(4), 179-181. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182895aa9