Management Roles and Functions

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Managers play many different roles through the course of a day. They are responsible for assigning tasks, coordinating activities of individuals and groups, decision making, measuring work performance and more. The way that a manager carries out the various functions of their management duties determines an organizations success or failure.

1916, Henri Fayol defined five functions of management: planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating, and controlling. He “argued that these functions were universal, in the sense that all managers performed them in the course of their jobs, whether the managers worked in business, military, government, religious, or philanthropic undertakings” http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Log-Mar/Management-Functions.html(Barnett, 2012) For myself personally, I feel that organization is the most important function when it comes to completing tasks in an efficient and effective manner. According to the text, organizing involves “arranging tasks, people, and other resources to accomplish the work” (Lombardi, Schermerhorn, & Kramer, 2007). Moreover, organizing “gives shape to the complex nature of the workplace” (Lombardi, et al., 2007).

As my education progresses, I hope to take away a better understanding of the leadership function of management. Our text states that “leading is the process of arousing people’s enthusiasm to work hard to fulfill plans and accomplish objectives” (Lombardi, et al., 2007). I want to be an inspiring manager. I feel that happy employees who feel that their manager cares about them as much as the organization that they work for are more willing to do whatever is necessary to carry out departmental goals and objectives. A strong support staff will translate into a positive working environment and a thriving organization.

Managers can choose to be fair and nurturing or cross and cold. It takes a well rounded individual to be able to successfully perform the...
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