Doing things right vs. doing the right things

Derived from:

Peter Drucker

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

Management and leadership are two distinct things. They have overlays, they involve structuring the collaboration of people and the combination of thoughts and ideas, but they're distinctly different.

A manager's role is to ensure his/her people are doing things right - ensuring that tasks are executed to the desired level of quality.

A leader's role is to ensure his/her people are doing the right things - ensuring that the right tasks & goals are picked and prioritized.

Being a leader means understanding the world holistically, and having the ability to use that context to make decisions that approach truth.

At times, you are both: A Manager and a leader. But you need to be aware that those are two distinct roles. No matter what your job title says. Take responsibility for both roles. Because one couldn't work without the other.


Written by

Louis Morgner

published on

September 17, 2021

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