Seth Godin on the Difference Between Leadership and Management

25 July 2016

In the 7 minute video below, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker Seth Godin differentiates between leadership and management in his own signature pragmatic and accessible style. Practical every day managers, Seth says, “get people to do what they did yesterday but a little faster and a little cheaper with a few less defects.” True leadership, on the other hand, “means not knowing what is going to happen tomorrow, just knowing that it’s going to take you where you want to go”.
Godin elaborates on the fundamentals of leadership versus management, suggesting questions you should be asking yourself on a daily basis, such as “did I help someone accomplish something they didn’t think they could?” Perhaps even more surprisingly, he challenges viewers to rethink the equal placement of value on all customers, asking us to consider instead how much more value we could provide to our great customers, if we would simply fire those who consume 80% of our time, but only provide 20% of the value.
At the end of the day, Godin describes leadership perfectly when he says it “is about finding the right people, agreeing on where you want to go, and getting out of the way.” A must watch video for anyone interested in a concise and practical explanation of the difference between management and leadership.
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