How to Be a Manager That Leads

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How to be a Manager that Leads

I.Introduction
a.Purpose: How to be a manager that leads…………………………………2 b.Thesis statement………………………………………………………………2 II.Body of work
a.Commonalities among leaders…………………………………………….2-3 b.Types of leaders…………………………………………………………….3-5 c.Managing styles……………………………………………………………..5-7 d.Mentoring vs. Coaching…………………………………………………….7-8 III.Conclusion

a.Intangibles……………………………………………………………………..8 b.X-factor…………………………………………………………………………8 IV.References…………………………………………………………………………9

Dwight Eisenhower provided an excellent quotation on leadership; “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” A leader is one who goes first or possesses authority to direct such as in a chief or commander. However, a leader cannot be defined singularly, nor can all the factors that produce a leader be measured tangibly. A manager is defined as one who handles, controls, or directs, especially one who directs a business or other enterprise. By definition, a leader and manager are similar and a manager is a leadership role in an organization. Leaders can be managers, but managers are not necessarily leaders. Managers that have a good foundation as positive leaders hold key attributes, such as effective communicators, integrity, trustworthiness, respect and credibility.

It is important for managers to understand their own personalities in order to be effective leaders. Leaders are very self-aware individuals and have a high aptitude for emotional intelligence. Additionally, their perception adeptness proves to be an essential tool in their skill set that allows them insight and the ability to decipher individuals’ emotional psyche. Keeping this in mind, managers with good leadership qualities will be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses in tandem with the overall and individual personalities of the group being managed. A resourceful manager will also be cognizant of the organizational structure and all of the moving parts that are involved and how it affects their ability to execute. Knowledge of how information is distributed, motivational influences, and how the structure of that environment impacts your ability to lead is important to identify. This is imperative in order to be an effective leader. As a manager you are faced with making a number of decisions in an ever changing and evolving global marketplace. As a leader and valuable manager, your skills to circumnavigate your organization through rough patches and avoid pitfalls will prove to be much easier if you know which gears to grease within your own organization.

Leaders seem to have an innate ability to lead. Moreover, leadership styles vary and some examples are autocratic, participatory, developmental, laissez' faire, and innovative. Is there one leadership style that is the best? The answer to that question is dependant upon the circumstance. For example, some leaders are very charismatic and arguably some level of charisma is necessary to be a good leader. Again, the type of leader you are naturally depends much on one’s personality. However, if you are a private in the army you probably do not want your commanding officer to be of the ‘laissez' faire’ mindset when you are in the heat of battle and your platoon’s lives are in his hands. An autocratic approach would be more appropriate in this case as a unilateral voice will be necessary to achieve a singular objective.

A participatory approach is almost synonymous with a democratic method. It is a leadership style that is focused more on the group’s input. This especially can be the case in the decision' making process. Of course, the benefits to this style of leadership are that the group is more involved and feels that their participation is valued. There is also a downside. The manager that uses this approach may be viewed as weak and indecisive because it may be perceived that they are unable to...
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