Fundamentals of Management vs. Leadership

Fundamentals of Management vs. Leadership 

Few things are more important than leadership to any organization. Effective leadership at all levels enables a company to fulfill its mission and successfully make an impact in the industry or community. The absence of leadership is equally dramatic in its effects. Without leadership, organizations move too slowly, veer off course, or sink in the wake of competition or economic uncertainty. In this course, you will compare management and leadership to learn the distinctions between them. This comparison will create a vibrant picture of what you need to do to become the most effective leader you can be, regardless of your title. You’ll learn the most respected traits of leaders and evaluate your own strengths in these areas. These topics include how to step into the leadership role, managing up, and action planning to work better with your boss.

The goal of this course is to provide managers and leaders with leadership tools and methods.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professional Frontline Supervisor Training


Human Resources Certification Institute


This program has been approved for 1.00 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-FML
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
Learning Objectives:
Classify the distinctions between management and leadership.
Identify how to integrate key leadership methods and tools into your daily work.
Design an Action Plan for working with your manager.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Management vs. Leadership

Meet Rebecca and Nathan

Interactive Assessment

Comparing Management and Leadership

Traits of Leaders

Leadership Styles

The Managing Leader vs. The Directive Leader



Section 3: Leadership Methods and Tools

Stepping into The Leadership Role

Managing Up

Four Rules for a Strong Relationship with Your Manager

Action Plan for Working with Your Manager



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Expert Reviewer: David A. Winter, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SP
​​​​​​​Mr. Winter received an MBA from the University of Richmond and a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Winter has served as an HR executive in a variety of business settings and has more than 30 years of experience as a human resources practitioner. He is currently the president of an HR consulting firm focused on HR strategy and leadership, organizational and individual development, coaching, and training.  Disclosure: David A. Winter, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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