Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 650 Understand professional management and leadership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
Learning outcome: 2. Understand the relationship between professional management and leadership
Assessment criteria: 2.1 Evaluate the interdependencies between leadership and management
- Leadership is concerned with influencing and motivating people and creating a vision for the future, whereas management is concerned with planning, organisation and getting things done
- Leaders need management skills (or nothing would get done) and managers need leadership skills (to know which direction they should be heading in and inspire team members to work towards them)
- Therefore, it is essential to know when to lead and when to manage (although they are often intertwined)
- For example, if a new piece of software is rolled out in an organisation, management would involve planning the project, working out budgets, setting up the new system, and organising training. Leadership would be inspiring team members to ‘buy-in’ to the changes to their working practices by explaining how the new system would benefit the team, answering any questions that they have and reassuring them if they have concerns.