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Creating a Positive Environment for Student Staff

By Christina Bilinski

Do managers in today’s work environment require leadership skills?  Are leadership skills different than management skills?  And if so, why is it so important for managers to have these leadership skills. 

First, let’s discuss the difference between the two.  A manager is someone who manages more of the day-to-day tactical issues of his or her group. The manager plans and organizes resources on a short-term basis. These resources include people. They are focused on yearly goals and targets. They administer, coordinate, and control. They are bottom line focused.