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Leadership vs Management in your Veterinary Business

Posted in Management @ Oct 20th 2015 - By Sue Crampton, CCG/Provet
Leadership Vs Management

Are you a leader? Or a manager? Can you be both?

While often used interchangeably, there are some notable differences between leaders and managers.  Managers do not always possess leadership skills and leaders are not always in management positions.  So, what is a manager and what is a leader, and how do they fit into practice?

The difference is sometimes explained that...

...a leader is someone people will follow, and a manager is someone who has people working for them.

Are managers always leaders?

It is often assumed that those in management roles are automatically leaders, that simply being in a position of authority makes you a leader.  In fact the term leadership position is sometimes used in place of management position.  Managers are usually tasked with operational responsibilities, project management and team HR duties. Management is about setting out the plan to achieve the vision. A manager will develop the steps and the process, delegate the tasks and tick the boxes.

Leaders on the other hand do not necessarily have official positions in an organisation. 

Effective, high performing managers will also be strong, capable leaders, but it is possible to lead from within a team.  A leader is someone who people are drawn to follow.  They emanate a strong belief in the vision of the organisation, and encourage people to join them on the journey.  A leader will bring out the best in those around them, and lift them higher than they thought possible. 

A successful team needs a balance of skilled management and strong leadership. 

Ideally, a well-rounded manager who leads by example and inspires their team to deliver exceptional results, and passionate team members who lead from within. Leadership is about self and team awareness, relationships and providing strong direction.  Management is about finding the best way to get there, and setting the process in motion.

You can always develop and improve both leadership and management skills.  To find out more about our training options go to or call us on 07 3621 6005. 

About Sue

Sue is acknowledged as a leading speaker, trainer and consultant across Australasia in the areas of practice and organisational development, strategic planning, communication excellence & staff development and management. She has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Human Resources and Marketing, as well as her Diploma in Company Directorship (GAICD) and a Masters in NLP.

Sue invests time working as the HR Manager for Provet and maintaining a weekend role as a veterinary nurse in a quality mixed practice in Brisbane.She has a practical hands-on approach and brings with her a wealth of both corporate and small business skills, having been the founder of the much respected AIRC and CCG, which is now proudly a business unit of the Provet Group of Companies.

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