Leadership and Management are the two halves of the whole when it comes to achieving results with others. Some people are good at leading and managing and some are good at one or the other. In some cases people are not good at either and are nonetheless in a role that lead and manage.

Leadership is the art of making things happen and creating successful outcomes. Leaders are typically engaged for the heart of the role which may focus on people. Leaders tend to engage with others with feelings and behaviors that are supportive of others. They view success by how that have impacted others in terms of their professional and personal lives.

Management is the science of getting work done with others and reporting the results. Managers are typical involved with the mind of the role which may focus on metrics, process and numbers. Managers are comfortable when working with others on ideas and improvements that make the company more profitable. They see success in how the results line up against the forecasts.

Leaders and Managers are most successful when they approach their role with integration with both the art and science. Like a balanced mind with the ability see the linear and the circular, the leaders and managers who can see both halves are most fully prepared to take on any challenges that may come their way.

Leaders who are not skilled as managers may miss hitting the required results while focused on people. And managers who are not equipped as leaders may miss engaging people while focused on the numerical results. Both have consequences to a business-without managing skills, the results may be detrimental to the company sustaining itself or growing. And without leadership skills, the people may underperform or leave all together taking with them the knowledge and skills that are costly to replace.

My experiences as a leader for more than 35 years have taught me to work from my strengths. I also learned to develop my weaknesses to highest level of proficiency. I subscribe to the theory of experts and know where I am weak others are strong and vice versa.

It is essential to know your strengths thoroughly. Building on the strengths of your leadership style will support your professional growth and development. Your strengths will continue to get better with focus and attention on improving them. While most may say, if it is my strength why should I spend time on it. I think that while your strengths are an important part of your leadership style that may come to you easily and naturally, there is always the opportunity to improve on them.

I think the important point to mention about our weaknesses is that we must know what they are and own them. There is no shame nor negativity in accepting all of who you are as a leader. How you handle your weaknesses will define you for others. In some cases, people reading this may cringe because I am using the work weakness. In that case, I have given you the invitation to explore that further and work on it as you choose.

Leaders who integrate their leadership traits with their management skills are setting the foundation for being successful in their endeavors. Being open about the struggles and successes a leader may have with the juggling act will only draw more people to them who will strive to do more.