A Theoretical Perspective on the Difference between Leadership and Management

M. Liphadzi, C. O. Aigbavboa, W. D. Thwala

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Purpose There are numerous overlaps in terms of relating the differences between leadership and management. Jarad (2012) viewed leadership as a subset of management and that both are important to facilitate organizatio0nal performance. However, the construction industry is well defined with the inclusion of both these roles. It is to this end that the study presents a theoretical framework relating to the difference between leadership and management. Design/methodology/approach The study is conducted with reference to existing theoretical literature on leadership requirements for the construction industry. Findings Literature findings revealed that, leadership includes social influence and the leader's role in setting a purpose or vision of change, whereas management associates with fulfilling organizational goals and processes. Originality/value The study explores the difference leadership and management. The study further gives findings relating to management and leadership, thus adding value to the body of leadership and management knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-482
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventCreative Construction Conference, CCC 2017 - Primosten, Croatia
Duration: 19 Jun 201722 Jun 2017


  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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