Report on Contemporary Case Study – Josh Martin
Question 1: Describe the two different leadership styles used by Josh Martin and Tom Saunders. Do the two different styles tell you anything about leadership traits? Do you think there is any resolution to the organisational problems resulting from the conflicting leadership styles? Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. In the case study Josh Martin uses much different leadership techniques than Tom Saunders which, in summary, can be seen as a quite different style. In the book ‘Management’ leadership is discussed in relation to management. ”Management and leadership are both important to organisations...management power comes from organisational structure; it promotes stability, order and problem solving within the structure. Leadership power, on the other hand, comes from personal sources that are not as invested in the organisation, such as personal interests, goals and values”. The book then goes on to illustrate the main difference between management and leadership: power. Josh Martin uses a more democratic power in his stance to lead his employees in the organisation, which stems from ‘personal power’, whereas Tom Saunders uses ‘position power’. There are several stark differences between personal and position power. Personal power most often comes from internal sources, such as a person’s special knowledge or personality characteristics...Employees follow a leader because of the respect, admiration or caring they feel for the individual, and his or her ideas. All throughout the text it is clear that Josh Martin is loved by his employees with comments from Phil Jones like “Sure, Saunders is the director of this agency, but he couldn’t manage his way out of a paper bag. Without Josh, this place would be in total chaos. Josh listens to us and tries to implement some of our ideas to...
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