Management and Leadership Paper

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Management and Leadership Paper

Now more than ever, with today's challenge business world, the new workplace demands faster results from fewer people. In order to stay competitive, organizations need to be nimble rapidly translating new information into knowledge. The leadership style of supervisors directly influences employee job satisfaction, retention, and commitment to getting the job done. Management and leadership are two notions that may be interchangeably, but there is a huge difference between a manager and a leader. In this paper, I will differentiate between management and leadership. I will examine the role and responsibilities of leaders in creating and maintaining a healthy organizational culture. I will make two recommendations to create and maintain a healthy organizational culture followed with a couple of examples to support my recommendation.

Management is defined as the people who administer a company, create policies, and provide the support necessary to implement the owners' business objectives.

A manager sets goals and controls by directing, reacting, and demanding improvement. Managers demonstrate rationality and control. Managers are often persistent, tough-minded, hard working, intelligent, analytical, and tolerant. Many managers are task oriented and have the bottom line of the organization in mind.

There are many types of leaders with different personalities and styles of leadership. Leadership has been defined as direction, conduction, and guidance. Leadership is the art of creating an environment and influencing people to willingly follow a chosen direction. A leader provides a clear vision and guides followers along a path that realizes that vision. Leadership directly affects the opinions and attitudes of people, leading to changes in each individual's behavior then the behavior of the group as a whole. Leadership helps individuals and groups accept uncertainty, and change because they have the confidence to know that the leader...