Let’s Get Rid of Management

People don’t want to be managed. They want to be lead. Whoever heard of a world manager? World leader, yes. Educational leader. Political leader. Religious leader. Community leader. Labor leader. Business leader.

They lead. They don’t manage.

The carrot always wins over the stick. Ask your horse. You can lead your horse to water but you can’t manage him to drink.

If you want to manage somebody, manage yourself. Do that well and you’ll be ready to stop managing and start leading.

– A message as published in the Wall Street Journal by United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut. – Warren Bennis & Burt Nanas. Harper & Row, New York, 1985.


Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .