Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.This is why when you question a manager about a decision the response is often a negative one - their focus is on keeping busy and moving forward to accomplish a task that someone else has assigned to them. They don't want to deal with questions about why they are doing it. The leader is the one who can stand back and say "no this is the wrong direction - going this way won't let us achieve our vision." Leadership is so important because, as Covey writes:
We are more in need of a vision or destination and a compass (a set of principles or directions) and less in need of a road map .... an inner compass will always give us direction.Management is important, but, as Covey points out, efficient management without effective leadership is like "straightening deck chairs on the Titanic." Leadership is vital because without it the managers are simply doing "busy work" and getting nowhere fast.