Principles of Management and Leadership

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Edexcel Level 5

Diploma in Managament and Leadership

Assignment One – Principles of Management and Leadership

Task 1 (a)

Bennis (1989, p.45) listed differences in his book ‘On becoming a leader’ as illustrated in the table below.

|The Manager |The Leader |
| | |
|Administers |Innovates |
|Is a copy
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Task 2

Using Tannenbaum and Schmidt’s (1958) Continuum for leadership and involvement, my management style is Consult (Participative). This style allows me to adapt if/when required. It gives me the capacity to make the final decision with the added benefit of tapping into the ideas of subordinates. I think you can become blinkered and stagnate if you have held a position for sometime without listening to the ideas and view points of others.

The benefits of this style are; openness to new ideas, encouraging innovation and increased efficiency. Due to the improved communication, it empowers employees to increase their ownership in their work which increases efficiency, productivity, consequently decreasing absenteeism, employee turnover and limiting the cost of manufacture. Being involved in decision making means they can immediately pin point areas for improvement, there is greater focus on self management, leading to increased skill sets with lesser need of supervision and support staff. Better communication leads to fewer grievances, with many issues resolved on the spot.

Resistance to change is the biggest obstacle for this method, as employees have the right to not participate or may become sceptical of management using the information gained to manipulate them.

The Tells (Autocratic)

This is where a leader/manager has
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