Change: Management or Leadership?

I'm starting to think that a whole area of practice, namely Change Management, is mis-named.

For years now, people have argued back and forth about Management vs Leadership. Some have settled (at least in their own minds) the distinction as one that hinges on people: you manage things (or processes) and you lead people.

Though I don't buy it totally, I'll work with that.

Also for years, people have wondered about, and studied, why change fails. Many have come to the realization that change works, or falls, on one factor: people.

OK, stay with me here.

If you put those two things together, that you lead people and that successful change hinges on people, then why don't we have a field of practice called Change Leadership?

And if we did, would it make a difference?

So how would you vote? Change: Management or Leadership?

Added Note: Lisa Haneberg has posted an entry on her blog about this.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Sept 30, 2007


annette said…
It's the change bit that bothers me most of the time - the notion that it's extraneous to the way we are in the world - it implies that there's the possibility of 'not changing' which is of course ridiculous..maybe we need to find a word for change that says it's the default instead of the expected different? Am I making any sense at all?
Terrence Seamon said…
The one thing in life that we have no choice in whatsoever is that we will change.

At my 30th high school reunion, I was awarded the prize (a bottle of wine) for The Most Changed. No one recognized me.

Anonymous said…
Can any company not change and expect to excel or get ahead? Change is like evolution, or at least ideally change should be looked at as a normal thing in the business world, it certainly is in the natural world.

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Terrence Seamon said…
Hey anonymous. Good to see you again.

Care to reveal your identity?

annette said…
If we accepted 'change' as the norm rather than the exception, I wonder what leadership and management would look like?

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