Management Leadership Styles

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Managers' Leadership Style


Managers' Leadership Style

In managers' leadership style there are two extremes scales on one end there would be the harsh and vicious person while on the other end is a caring, selfless and helpful leader. While there are a few leaders who can be recognized with just one of these, some supervise to adapt themselves found on the situation. However, the success or failure of any of these looms to leadership depends to a large point on the organisation situation being dealt with. Few leaders in certain settings can make the variation between massive success and devastating failure.

Do Leaders Really Matter?

The observed effect of managers as leaders on organisational outcomes is minimal for the following reasons:

The people selected for leadership positions are those possessing only certain, limited styles of behaviour and the discretion and behaviour of the person in that particular position is severely constrained.

Managers' as leaders typically affect only a few variables that impact the organisational performance as a whole. Organisational researchers have long studied the effects of leadership on firm's performance. These studies have thrown up mixed results. At the forefront, Lieberson and O'Connor's (2002, 120) study of 167 companies showed that environmental factors explained more variation in a firm's performance than organisational leadership factors. Similarly, Salancik and Pfeffer's (1997, 11) study demonstrated that there was a limited influence of mayors on city governments and that change in mayors over time had little impact on city governments. In addition, Hart and Quinn (2003, 555) found that executive leadership roles (i.e., vision setter, motivator and taskmaster) also had little impact on firms' financial performance. These findings thus challenged traditional thinking which held that leaders and higher executives hold key to...