Leadership and Management

977 Words Mar 4th, 2008 4 Pages
Leadership and management are two notions that are often used interchangeably. However, these words actually describe two different concepts. The following report will discuss the differences and examine the roles and responsibilities of leaders in creating and maintaining a healthy organizational culture.
What is leadership, and what is the difference between leadership and management?
• Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that they follow, i.e. a leader is the spearhead for that new direction
• Management controls or directs people and or resources in a group according to principles or values that have already been established
The difference between leadership and management can be best illustrated by
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When first starting with the company I 'm currently working for now, formally known as Shinko Technologies, back in 2001 there were ten employees (including myself). Since then the company was grown to over 50 employees worldwide and just recently has been bought out by Asyst Technologies, a large corporation operating out of Freemont, California. In the early stages of the merger (takeover) everyone within the company was fearful of their jobs. The uncertainty and tension in the air left lots of doubt in the future of everyone 's employment of the company. In the span of what was no more than a couple months, we lost our Vice President and also Operations Manager (they were replaced by Asyst 's employees). New leadership of the company had officially begun. Surprisingly after we had the initial restructuring of upper level management, nothing happened afterwards. Departments such as: Human Resources, Administration, IT, Logistics, Sales and Operations were slowly getting integrated into the new organization. Although we as an entire company are moving towards complete globalization, for the most part our culture has remained the same. I believe it would have been a big mistake if Asyst were to come in with their big corporate muscle and started controlling every aspect of our company (that 's not to say that we won 't start later on down the road). What they did was they 've tried to understand our organizational culture and will make any changes
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