The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Today’s Leaders and Managers

Topics: Leadership, Management, Situational leadership theory Pages: 4 (1188 words) Published: May 30, 2013
Leading and managing people and resources

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The challenges and opportunities facing today’s leaders and managers

Submitted by: Kevin Broe
28/05/2013
Introduction
This assignment looks into the challenges and opportunities facing today’s leaders and managers. The assignment is broken down into four simple parts. * What are leaders and manager and how do they differ?

* The challenges and opportunities that face both in today’s world * Three different leadership and management techniques that could be implemented in the workplace * Harper Adams students’ Union President position and the challenges the position poses. All these will be discussed in detail in the following report and all findings will be references in the references section at the end of the report.

Definitions of Leaders/ Leadership
The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. (Oxford University Press, 2013) Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience (Jago, 1982). Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership knowledge and skills. This is called Process Leadership (Jago, 1982). However, we know that we have traits that can influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership (Jago, 1982), in that it was once common to believe that leaders were born rather than made. These two leadership types are shown in the chart below. Figure 1: Trait and Process Theory of leadership

(Source: Clark, 2013)

Definitions of Managers/ Management

A person responsible for controlling or administering an organization or group of staff. (Oxford University Press, 2013) A Manager is the person responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work, and taking corrective action when necessary. For many people, this is their first step into...

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Oxford University Press, (2013). Oxford Dictionaries.[On-line]. Oxford University Press. Available from: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/manager [Accessed 25/05/2013].
Oxford University Press, (2013). Oxford Dictionaries.[On-line]. Oxford University Press. Available from: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/leader [Accessed 25/05/2013].
Jago, A. G. (1982). Leadership: Perspectives in theory and research. Management Science, 28(3), 315-336.
Clark, D. (2013). Concepts of Leadership. A Big Dog, Little Dog and Knowledge Jump Production. [On-line]. Available from: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/ahold/trait_process_leadership.png [Accessed on 27/05/2013].
http://management.about.com/od/policiesandprocedures/g/manager1.htm
The Wall Street Journal. (2013). What is the Difference Between Management and Leadership?. [On-line]. Available from: http://guides.wsj.com/management/developing-a-leadership-style/what-is-the-difference-between-management-and-leadership/ [Accessed 25/05/2013].
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