Leadership and management difference

Learning Goal: I’m working on a social science discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Discussion: Leadership and Management: What Is the Difference?

Leadership and management in social agencies are about starting things up, getting them done, and keeping them moving.
—Armand Lauffer

Leadership and management are two terms that are used interchangeably but represent different roles that have different functions. Understanding the differences and similarities is essential for social work administrators as they develop leadership strategies within organizations. Understanding the functions associated with leadership and management roles can influence how social workers supervise and work with colleagues in administrative practice. As you prepare for this Discussion, consider how your understanding of leadership and management roles might affect you when you assume a supervisory position.

BY DAY 3

Post an analysis of the similarities and differences of leadership and management roles as they relate to human services organizations. Include how your understanding of these roles may affect you as you assume a supervisory position.

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

BY DAY 5

Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.

Respond to at least two colleagues by explaining whether you agree or disagree with your colleague’s analysis of the similarities and differences of leadership and management and their application to a potential supervisory position in a human services organization. Provide support for your position.

Colleague 1: Jennifer Paone-Hurd

Post an analysis of the similarities and differences of leadership and management roles as they relate to human services organizations. Include how your understanding of these roles may affect you as you assume a supervisory position.

I currently hold a supervisory role in the field of child protective services, and I have been in this role since 2014. At first, I had somewhat of a difficult time transition from a line social worker to supervisor due to being placed as a new supervisor to the peers that I once worked along side in investigations. What helped to make my transition go smoother was that I had already been in a leadership role when I was an active-duty soldier in the US Army. I was a section leader and had a specific squad that I was responsible for. Even though the role from supervising soldiers is different than supervising social workers, the basic principals of supervision are very similar.

As stated in the text by Northouse, leadership is seen as a trait. (Northouse, p. 1). Within the area of leadership, certain characteristics, skills, or traits are identified for the individual that is in the leadership role. Leaders can be described as strong, supportive, confident, organized or driven. The leader’s traits and skills tend to make up what type of leadership style they possess or practice in their role in management. When looking at the word management, management tends to be viewed as a type of leadership style for an individual. Management functions are to control, coordinate, and to oversee the agency’s programs and the functionality of the operations. (Lauffer, p. 244). Managers oversee a group of people or individuals to ensure that they are performing within the agency’s standards while leaders tend to work more along side their workers and provide coaching to their supervisees to help them build on their own individual skills.

As I stated above, I am currently in a role of a supervisor at my DSS. Due to my specific qualities that I possess, I feel that I am more of a leader. I take each individual worker and I work on their strengths, and I also provide guidance and coaching to them on the areas that they may be struggling in. I have to also take on the role of a manager. In this role I monitor that they are keeping up with their documentation, that they are making their home visits to ensure the safety of the children, and that they come to staffing weekly to discuss their cases.

Reference

Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

Northouse, P. G. (2021). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

Colleague: Sasia Rogers

Similarities and Differences of Leadership and Management Roles

Some similarities and differences of leadership and management roles are that they both play influential parts in keeping a group and/or organization together. However, the role of the management is to create the structure that those below the totem pole must follow. When in a leadership role the individual must exude confidence and assurance that they are capable and reliable to get the job done. When in the management role the individual must be able to create the task that the leader must abide by and direct others.

I understand the management role as the one who creates the task that need to be completed, whereas the leadership role is based on that individual ability to delegate. I don’t plan on taking a supervisory position anytime soon, but I would say that, from my past experiences being in an adjacent supervisory role, it was difficult as many people relied on me to explain the process of work in a way that they could use to further their ability to complete tasks.

References:

Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

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