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Please write a paragraph responding to the discussion bellow. Add citations and references in alphabetical order.

Leadership and management have been traditionally defined as two separate entities. Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that follows (Murray, 2010). This makes a leader a spearhead for that new direction. Management, on the other hand, controls or directs people and resources according to principles or values that have already been established. A leader has followers who are inspired by them so much that they “choose” to give up their own ways and follow the leader’s footsteps (Changing Minds, 2012). On the other hand, a manager has subordinates and holds a position of authority vested in them by the company. The subordinates work for them and do as they are told not because of inspiration and sole desire to follow, but for a reward (e.g., salary, promotion) in return. A leader’s influence is transformational, whereas a manager’s style is transactional.

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Despite these differences, leadership and management go hand in hand. With the paradigm shift to knowledge workers and intellectual capital, the manager’s job has not been limited to only getting work done but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results. Similarly, if there is leadership without management, then a new direction is set that others desire to follow, but without consideration of the details as to how the new direction is going to be achieved (Changing Minds, 2012). This leaves followers to work hard in the trail that is left behind.

As a nurse, if leadership is combined with any degree of management that is authorized by the organization, then maximum benefit of individual’s influence can be achieved. In addition to inspiring others and nurturing their skills, nurse leader can now organize and manage workforce in such a way that the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual is made productive.


Murray, A. (2010). What is the difference between management and leadership? The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from…

Changing Minds. (2012). Leadership vs. management. Retrieved from…