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Leadership Part 2

Writing in ‘People Management’ on 24th September 2009, Rob Briner, head of the School of Management and Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London said:

Everyone want to be a leader. Nobody wants to be a manager. Being a leader sounds dynamic and exciting. Being a manager seems mundane. Jobs that were described as management are now described as leadership. Poorly performing managers are criticised for poor leadership, rather than poor management.

Trying to replace management with leadership causes many difficulties, but in particular, it encourages the idea that leadership is something other than or above management. As [Henry] Mintzberg put it, leadership is merely management practised well.

Read the sections on Leadership and Management and Managerial Leadership in “Management and Organisational Behaviour” (pages 254-257 in the 6th edition).

Read John Kotter’s article ‘What Leaders Really Do’ which is available online from the University's Library pages.

Think about….

….the definitions you wrote. How would you change them in the light of what you have read?

Reading

Read Daniel Goleman’s Harvard Business Review article ‘What Makes a Leader?’. This was first published in the November/December 1998 issue and reprinted in January 2004. These are available online via the University  E-Journals facility.

Read the section on Styles of Leadership in “Management and Organisational Behaviour” (pages 265-267 in the 6th edition).

Activity

It is often said that people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their bosses. Do you agree with this view? Discuss with your tutor and fellow students using the online discussion board.