People Should Be Lead Like Organisims Essay

1578 Words Apr 13th, 2013 7 Pages
Running head: LEAD PEOPLE LIKE ORGANISIMS

Lead People Like Organisms Not Machines
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Biblical Application to Roman 12:7 and Exodus 18:1-27

Daniel Fields
Belhaven University
MBA 682
Principles of Executive Leadership
November 12, 2011

Leaders who desire to understand why and how people behave the way they do in the workplace must challenge his or her self to first develop an understanding of how people in an organization should be lead. To develop this understanding a leader can approach this subject by seeking to answer the question, “Should people be lead like they are machines or organisms?” Whichever side is taken to answer this question would significantly affect an individual’s ability to lead others. From an
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Because an individual’s genes and memes are so unique each adult person develops characteristics that differentiate them from others. These individual characteristics affect human behavior and can be controlled like machines. One single machine can be reproduced a thousand times and each one will perform exactly like the other. This is not true for people. As concluded by Edward Deci, humans that are controlled like machines “act without a sense of personal endorsement”, thus becoming alienated [ (Clawson, 2009) ]. Leaders must understand people at the level of their core memes in order to get them to perform at their maximum potential in the workplace. Similarities and dissimilarities affecting human behavior is another factor that prove that people ought to be lead like organisms instead of machines. It is important for leaders to understand that while it is true for people to be very similar in some way but at the same time every person is unlike every other person [ (Clawson, 2009) ]. As stated previously, one single machine can perform and behave exactly like one thousand others because they are programmed to do so. This is not the case for organisms, such as people. In the textbook, Executive Leadership in the Workplace, the author suggested that there are seven levels of human similarity and dissimilarity that ultimately affect why people behave the way they do. The seven levels are humankind, regional culture, national culture,