Joel Trammell of Khorus: Leadership and Management Are Separate Things

May 1, 2016

7:16 pm

Leadership roles can take a toll on an individual. And if you are the person tasked with running a new startup, you could be thrust into a number of uncomfortable situations that you are in no way prepared to deal with. From employee management to morale expectations, founders and CEOs have many hats to wear on a day-to-day basis. And if you are looking to get a few tips on the trade, Joel Trammell is the man to talk to.

As CEO and founder of Khorus, an online management tool, Trammell has faced his fair share of leadership obstacles. But as he explained in his talk at a previous Sessions in DC, the key to being a good founder and CEO is to keep your role as a leader and your role as a manager separate but cohesive. Whether it be the three main characteristics of leadership (credibility, competence and caring) or the critical role of hiring a workforce, leadership and management skills are important to any and every CEO and founder out there.

The most important distinction made by Trammell in his speech is that being good at one doesn’t mean you are good at the other. But while leadership and management are two sides of a similar coin, a good manager can delegate work, which leads to leadership in other roles. As Trammell puts it, he would rather have a good manager than a good leader because hiring qualified and driven people cultivates a trusting work environment that grows despite any shortcomings on the part of the leader.

Check out the full video below so you can become a better founder and CEO for your next business venture.

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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