Management and Leadership at Microsoft

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June 24, 2007

Organizations Require Both to Succeed
Over the years management has acquired a harmful reputation for itself for many reasons. On the other hand, management is still an essential element within the business setting. The words leaders and managers are often interchanged but do not carry the same meaning. Managers do not always hold the traits and expertise of a leader and yet leadership is a skill that management must grasp. Nonetheless, many harmful effects can occur to the employees and business with the lack of leadership. There are variations as well as benefits between managing and leading in a company and the results that the two positions have on business operations (Treacy, 2006). Successful managers are not automatically genuine leaders although the two cannot work apart. Numerous administrators, supervisors, and even top officials perform their responsibilities successfully without being grand leaders. But these positions present chance for leadership. Having the capability to lead efficiently will position the outstanding manager at a leading distance from the ordinary ones (Bateman, Snell, 2007, pp. 395). Management vs. Leadership

Management is the blended fields of the organization's policy direction and the persons who present the decisions and supervision necessary to realize the business directives and development (Management, n.d.). Managers create systems, construct rules and operating procedures, and put into place motivation programs. Management, in contrast is about the company not the people; the people are important as a way of getting the task done. Leadership is a manner in which a leader aspires to persuade his or her team to launch and achieve the organization's goals. In order to reach the organization's objective, develop his or her rule to influence workers. Leaders are the core of a business. The real meaning of leadership involves inspiring a group to come together for a common goal. Leaders motivate, console and work with people to keep them connected and ready to move forward. That means setting a direction, communicating it to everyone and keeping people focused when times get tough (Robbins, 2002). To motivate workers and get the job done, power is implemented in early stages of the task, and reward or punishment follows in later stages for those employees who do not perform to the level of expectation. In order to continually motivate workers, distribution of the appropriate reward by the leader is of the greatest importance in order to persistently motivate workers in the process. To be able to reach the leadership goals, leaders need to align and connect the abilities and actions of the workers with the needs of the customers' to develop the workers and the organization (Leadership, n.d.). The more successful the attainment of worthy goals, the more evident the leadership is (Bateman, Snell, 2007, pp. 394). Business executives and owners have a blend of management and leadership skills that are necessary to run a lucrative business. To summarize, management skills present the systems that allow an organization to grow and succeed while leadership skills supply the direction (Bateman, Snell, 2007, pp. 394). Functions of Management

The most successful leaders are those who can capably organize the cooperation and assistance of others to attain important objectives and goals. Leaders must know the traits of high-performance teams as well as the necessary steps to reach that level. Negotiation, communication, persuasion and influencing others to do things are abilities that are essential to all that is achieved in life (Tracy, n.d.). Leadership is just one of the many qualities a successful manager must have. Care must be taken in distinguishing between the two views. The main aspiration of a manager is to take full advantage of the output of the organization through...
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