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What Is The Difference Between Leadership & Management?

Are you currently working in a leadership or management role and want to receive formal recognition of your skills and expertise? Or are you interested in developing your leadership or management skills to advance your career? Whatever your circumstances or reasons, obtaining a Cert IV Leadership and Management is a valuable, nationally recognised achievement.  

What is the difference between leadership and management? 

Leadership and management are often considered the same thing, and while they do often have overlapping requirements and skills, they are not necessarily the same. Leadership and management can encompass different roles and responsibilities, as well as technical and practical knowledge. Of course, it’s ideal for both leaders and managers to have and understand the same kinds of skills, they do however have a few fundamental differences.  

Many describe leaders as creating the vision and having the ideas, while managers follow the vision and execute the ideas. This is a very simplistic way of looking at it, but it highlights that there are often different expectations for each role.  

Managers manage things, they look at things like logistics, outputs and budgets. They are generally selected or appointed to a management position, and in most cases have specific technical skills and expertise. A leader on the other hand may focus on inspiring positive, incremental change by empowering teams to work towards a common objective.  

That aside, there are also many similarities between leaders and managers, and for certain roles they are interchangable. It depends on the individual role and the business in which it exists.   

What are the similarities? 

The key skill that is most important to both leaders and managers to have is communication. Without effective communication, all of the other work that a leader or manager does – creating a vision for the business, supporting strong teams, executing business plans – is almost impossible to achieve. If leaders can’t communicate their vision to the team or a manager can’t communicate the requirements for an upcoming project, they won’t be very successful in effecting change.  

Both leadership and management communication is crucial for an organisation’s success. Employees expect to be informed and educated about what the company stands for and where it’s heading. According to Smarp, the leadership style of individual managers accounts for up to 70% in the difference in employee motivation and productivity.  

Continuous, clear communication from leaders and managers should inspire and empower people to do their best and build stronger relationships among teams.  

There are many other similarities between the two, such as problem solving and decision making, and change and crisis management. These skills are integral to becoming a successful leader or manager.  

If you’re passionate about a role in leadership or management or have been developing these skills in your current or previous positions, a Cert IV Leadership and Management can greatly enhance your career outlook.  

Our BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management is the perfect pathway for those working as developing and emerging leaders and managers in a range of enterprise and industry contexts. Some of the work outcomes of this qualification include: 

  • Leading Hand 
  • Sales Team Coordinator 
  • Team Leader 
  • Site Supervisor 
  • Site Manager 
  • Leadership Consultant 

Your options for the Cert IV Leadership and Management 

  • RPL 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that acknowledges the skills and abilities that individuals have gained through prior study, which can be both formal and non-formal learning, along with work experience and volunteering. Through using RPL on specific units, students can receive their qualification without having to repeat the same learnings that they’ve already experienced. 

At OPEC College, all of our courses are available through recognition of prior learning. Your RPL Assessor will leave no stone unturned as we help you gather evidence to achieve a qualification. Sometimes though, it is not possible to get you across the line. In that case we will discuss your options with you. Our focus will be on getting you your qualification in the most efficient way possible. 

  • Online study 

If you don’t have sufficient RPL to complete the qualification or you are interested in learning more about leadership and management, you can also choose to study the course online. The learning units are available for online learning and the best bit is that you can study at your own pace. 

The course is assessed using a diverse range of assessment strategies to ensure that we cover the assessment conditions for each unit of study and also provide students with interesting and flexible assessment experiences. 

All assessments are completed in your own time and submitted online, with no assessment due dates. This modern and flexible approach is designed to reduce the uncomfortable pressure and unnecessary stress that traditional assessment testing is so famous for.  

Interested in our BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management? Learn more about the course here and talk to one of our friendly team members about our leadership and management courses here.


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