Management and Leadership Paper

Essay by raet1University, Bachelor'sB+, May 2009

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AbstractThis paper will explain the difference between management and leadership. Management and leadership are both equally important to any organization in being or staying successful. An organization needs to have the two different types of individuals.

Management and Leadership PaperThe term management characterizes the process of and/or the personnel leading and directing all or part of an organization through the deployment and manipulation of resources (Wikipedia, 2006). Effective managers are not necessarily true leaders. Many administrators, supervisors and even top executives execute their responsibilities successfully without being great leaders but these positions afford opportunity for leadership. The ability to lead effectively, then, will set the excellent managers apart from the average ones. Management must deal with the ongoing day-to-day complexities of organizations; true leadership includes effectively orchestrating important change. While managing requires planning and budgeting routines, leading includes setting the direction for example by creating a vision for the firm (Bateman and Snell, 2004).

Management requires structuring the organization, staffing the organization with capable people and monitoring activities; leadership goes beyond these functions by inspiring people to attain the vision. Many managers are overly concerned with fitting in and not rocking the boat but those who emerge as leaders are more concerned with making important decisions that may break with tradition but are humane, moral and right. The leader puts a premium on substance rather than on style (Bateman and Snell, 2004).

Leadership is the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organization (Wikipedia, 2006). Leadership is one who influences others to attain goals. The greater the number of followers, the greater the influence and the more successful the attainment of worthy goals, the more evident the leadership. Outstanding leaders combine good strategic substance and effective interpersonal processes...