I will contrast and compare two books about leadership, Leadership Skills for Managers and The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders, as they relate to leadership and management in the 21st century and the teachings of Hughes, Ginnett, and Curphy. I will evaluate how each source analyzes the leader, the manager, the follower, and the situation compared to Hughes et al. and then discuss how my personal experiences relate.
Leadership Skills for Managers The author, Marlene Caroselli, of Leadership Skills for Managers concentrates on the individual leader and the many roles she plays such as visionary, problem-solver, team builder, and communicator. I will discuss these roles in further detail later. Each role is explained using situational scenarios where actions are suggested to allow the leader to better navigate in each role. This book showcases one unique situation after another and gives the reader the tools to ameliorate in whatever role she is playing. Management is discussed from the perspective of coping with stress, emotions, energy, time, and people. A manager directs work through others, is responsible for the quality of work from her subordinates, and acts as a liaison between subordinates and superiors. According to Caroselli (2000), a leader “creates something of value that did not exist before” (p. 3). A leader should have the following traits: courage, pride, sincerity, adaptability and influence. She should have the courage to think outside the box and to create change and prepare for opposition by anticipating objections, showing the benefits of change, accounting for all who will be impacted, and ultimately developing a strong plan for change. A leader should take pride in her accomplishments and be genuine in her interactions towards others. She should take dissidence in stride and be flexible to alter course as warranted to solve problems. A leader
References: Caroselli, M. (2000). Leadership Skills for Managers. New York: McGraw-Hill. Hamel, G., & Breen, B. (2007). The Future of Management. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. Hughes, R., Ginnett, R., Curphy, G. (2009). Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience (6th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. Zenger, J. H. & Folkman, J. (2002) The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders. New York: McGraw-Hill.