Management and leadership

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It takes strong management and leadership skills to guide an organization to success. Management and leadership are two different concepts. "Management is the process of working with people and resources to accomplish organizational goals," (Bateman & Snell, 2004). Leading is the management function that involves the manager's efforts to stimulate high performance by employees (Bateman & Snell, 2004). I believe that management is a job description and leadership is a trait. Management is creative problem solving. This creative problem solving is accomplished through the four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling.

These functions help plan, organize, lead and control the resources that an organization has. When a management team uses the planning functions they are laying down the goals and the direction that they need to take to achieve those goals. It is during the planning function, that rules and procedures are implemented for the workforce to adhere too.

To properly manage, a management team will need to organize the human, financial, physical, informational, and technical resources that are necessary to work towards their goals. Next a management team will need to lead and control the workforce towards the goals that were set for them. It is through these functions that management teams can direct a workforce using the rules, regulations and procedures. The nature and work of management involves effectively applying these four functions to achieve organizational success.

It takes a good understanding of these four functions to be successful in management. Managers usually achieve their position through experience and understanding. A manager usually obtains authority through time and loyalty. A manager is to know how the organization works and should possess good technical knowledge. The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate the people who work or follow them, and this...