Ldr 531 Week 1 Discussion Questions

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DQ 1
What is the difference between managers and leaders? Is it possible to be an effective manager but not an effective leader? Provide examples. Managers and leaders can have the same goal set yet their approach of getting to that goal can be very different. Managers are system and structure focused having legitimate power based upon their position. Whereas the leader focuses on the people involved, achieving power by the respect that they earn. Leaders achieve their goal by motivating the people around them. Inspiring trust in them and setting an example to lead by. They show the way instead of dictating the path. Management without leadership will direct by following policies and procedures. They seek to maintain status quo by predictability and order. Leaders will see the possibilities and will reach those goals by doing what is right by the people not by what is right by the organizational rules. It is possible to be an effective manager without being an effective leader depending on how you measure effectiveness. If the measurement is set by the number of products manufactured or by the profits made, than an effective manager may not be an effective leader. They must only maintain those systems already set in place. Yet if an effective manager is measured by the satisfaction of his/her employees, than only a effective leader will accomplish that goal. Managers and leaders may not necessarily be the same individual but they must find a way to work hand-in-hand to create a fully developed team.

DQ 2
According to Robbins and Judge (2011), a leader must acknowledge three primary roles as a manager. What are these management roles, and how do they affect the purpose, positions, and skills required by management? Provide an example from a current or past work experience that conveys these management roles. The three primary roles of management are interpersonal, informational, and decisional. Interpersonal roles necessitate managers to direct and...
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