The Theory Of Leadership And Management

884 WordsAug 11, 20154 Pages
Introduction In the past few years there has been a noticeable increase our countries appetite for training, self-help, and literature on the subject of leadership. Books and programs taken from the theories and practices of coaches, athletes, chief executives, and even Charles Shultz 's animated character, Snoopy are abundant in every bookstore and coffee shop in America. While leadership is not a new concept, it is certainly being promoted as an essential factor in our business cultures and personal lives. This analysis of leadership takes a look at some of the classical models and theories and compares them to contemporary approaches. Classical Approaches In discussing leadership and management, the term authority brings an interesting…show more content…
What about public opinion? As quoted in Barnard (1996) from the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, "Whether authority is of personal or institutional origin it is created and maintained by public opinion, which in turn is conditioned by sentiment, affection, reverence, or fatalism”. The implications of authority to leadership are just as critical as motivation and decision-making. In general terms, without public support, leaders. Contemporary Approaches There are four contemporary approaches discussed here in our Unit 2 reading sociotechnical systems theory, quantitative management, organizational behavior, and systems theory. They are to help an individual are group organization. All of these approaches should be taken into consideration when striving to compete in competitive business environment. I think organization behavior is the most important because the approach is the systematic study of knowledge about how people - as individuals and as groups - act within organizations. The dynamics of group behavior and of the formation and suitability of any group need to be understood and implemented well, in order to achieve a harmonious working environment. Organization behavior is a contemporary approach that also studies and identifies management activities that promote employee effectiveness by examining the complex and dynamic nature of individual, group and organization processes. Sociotechnical system theory is different
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