Functions of Management

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Leadership and ManagementAs organizations must the demands of today, so must managers meet the demands of the organization. While many managers may lack leadership skills, they can learn them in order to be more effective in their role. There is clear difference between leaders and managers and understanding these differences is the first step to becoming an effective leader. Leaders too have roles and responsibilities that lend to creating and maintaining a healthy organizational culture.

Management can be best described as the "the allocation of scarce resources against an organization's objective, the setting of priorities, the design of work and the achievement of results (Weathersby, 1999). Management is also about controlling. This control is based on the organizations goals and objectives and management is in place to ensure that these are met.

Leadership on the other hand is the ability to influence others. "The greater number of followers, the greater the influence (Bateman & Snell, 2004).

Leadership involves the creation of a vision that others feel motivated to partake. Whereas management can demand of people, leadership inspires people. Leaders have the ability to recognize and guide not only their own emotions, but those of others as well. Leaders focus on the team and the team needs. They have a passion that is felt by those around them and the ability to "inject passion into the decision-making process (Weathersby, 1999).

One role of the leader is to clearly define the vision to others. This also includes defining the goals and objectives of the organization and how it all relates to one another. Understanding these items will help not only the leader, but the employees as well. If this is communicated properly, others will get excited about the vision and want to participate. The leader must also take the time to...