Commentary by Dr. Whitesel:
“Most church leaders fail because they lack management skills, not leadership skills.”
I have found church leaders are usually adequately prepared to set the vision and define objectives, but an under-prepared to manage the process to get there.
My above statements are often quoted by church leaders and students. I think they resonate in part because in the church world there are hundreds of books on leadership. But on the corollary task of management, only a few (including two, to which I contributed chapters: Foundations of Church Administration [Beacon Hill] and The Church Leader’s MBA [Ohio Christian Univ. Press]).
To understand the differences between leadership and management read this helpful definition from Brent Gleason.
by Brent Gleeson, Inc. Magazine, 2/23/17.
Generally speaking, management is a set of systems and processes designed for organizing, budgeting, staffing, and problem solving to achieve the desired results of an organization. Leadership defines the vision, mission, and what the “win” looks like in the future. It inspires the team to embody the beliefs and behaviors necessary to take the actions needed to achieve those results.