A Personal Management Philosophy Is Not Best Expressed By Leaders And Management Personnel

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Eleanor Roosevelt once stated that “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility”. Roosevelt’s statement accurately reflects how others view the personal management philosophies adopted by leaders and management personnel. What is remembered is not what individuals say, but what they do. Ideas and philosophical outlooks on life and management can have significant impacts on the lives of others. Each decision a manager makes effects not only those employees in their area of responsibility, but also the network of suppliers and vendors that interact with their organization. Due to the potentially large impact management personnel can…show more content…
But, as I reflect on my studies, one of the most important takeaways from all of my courses and research has been that successful organizations and leaders have clearly defined visions or mission statements that inform everything that they do. This creates a clarity of purpose and mission and provides a strong foundation upon which to build a business or a career upon (Calvert, 2014). Litzinger & Schaefer (1966) state that in the United States the dominate brand of philosophy is pragmatic, therefore in the U.S. the understanding of management philosophy is a pragmatic one. Due to this philosophical orientation, there has not been a drive amongst researchers to develop a speculative understanding of management philosophy, instead it has developed into a “highly practice-oriented theory for control over the means and the ends of business” (Litzinger & Schaefer, 1966, p. 341). From my experience this has resulted in management philosophies that ignore the most critical resource of any organization: its employees. Highly engaged and motivated employees are key to the long-term success of an organization (Dess, Lumpkin, Eisner & McNamara, 2014). Furthermore, in organizations that are dependent upon excellent customer service to survive, such as retail, ensuring that management philosophy takes into account how to manage and develop employees is critical. Therefore my personal management philosophy has its foundation in the theory of servant leadership. The concept
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