August 20, 2018

Leadership vs Management Consulting - What's the Difference?

Organizational Effectiveness

There are all kinds of consultants willing to help take your business to the next level. While they all can usually lend a hand toward meeting your goals and objectives, sometimes picking the right kind of consultant can be confusing. Lucky for you there are several of us out there with various skills in numerous areas.

Let’s take a moment to look at the subtle differences between management and leadership consulting. First, we have to understand the differences between leadership and management. Many companies will use these terms interchangeably, but there are clear differences.

Management is focused on systems and processes. A manager will organize, budget, deal with staffing and also solve individual problems within departments. They will manage the day-to-day and week-to-week activities needed to keep the company functioning as it should.

Leadership will focus on the company mission, the vision for the future and inspiring the team to help them get there. Leaders will be developing 5-year plans, introducing innovative change and driving to achieve better results.

Sometimes these skills overlap in a person or position, and that’s ok. The important thing is that both sets of skills are necessary for success, particularly in organizational change.

So with that in mind, what’s the difference between a management consultant and a leadership consultant?




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Judy partners with executives and leadership teams to engage and inspire employees in a way that delivers sustainable strategic results. She brings deep expertise and creative ideas to solve organizational effectiveness issues and closely collaborates in a way that builds internal capabilities. Judy has spent over 25 years consulting in a variety of industries, bringing her expertise in behavior to a wide range of organizational issues including organizational behavior change, leadership, change management, culture and engagement.

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