Leadership & Management

Leadership Skills

The ability to lead effectively is based on a number of key skills. These skills are highly sought after by employers as they involve dealing with people in such a way as to motivate, enthuse and build respect, leadership roles are all around us, not just in a work environment.

Here at DMQ you'll find lots of information that can help you to understand and develop your leadership potential. They can be applied to any situation where you are required to take the lead, professionally, socially and at home in family settings. Ideally, leaders become leaders because they have credibility, and because people want to follow them.

Management Skills

Managers do things right but leaders do the right things”.  This is down to how we think about things – if you think about doing something right you tend to think about mechanisms or ‘how-to’s’ of the task at hand: this is what a manager does. 

Doing the right thing however is a much more philosophical concept and makes us think about the future, about vision and dreams: this is a trait of a leader.

People often confuse the terms 'manager' and 'leader'; they are not the same thing although it is possible to be both.

A leader has a vision, a number of visions, or is creating visions – in this context a vision is an overarching idea or achievable dream.

Managers, on the other hand, plan - planning is used to enable the manager to do the job well.

Leadership is about asking the questions, ‘what’ and ‘why’ and empowering people (followers) by giving them the responsibility to do things right.

Leaders therefore work with people and their emotions.

Managers ask, ‘how’ and work mainly with processes, models and systems – things.

The Sample Compare Table

A Manager

A Leader





Focuses on systems and structure

Focuses on people and emotions

Controls systems and people

Inspires people

Accepts the way things are

Challenges the way things are

Has a short-range view

Has a long-range perspective

Manages tasks

Leads people