Organizations: Leadership and Management
Leadership expert Bernard Bass tells us that while there is an overlap in management and leadership they involve quite different qualities. Managers perform functions associated with planning, investigating, organizing, and control. Leaders deal with interpersonal aspects and are involved in setting the company strategic vision and plans for reaching goals. Both are required for success. Unless the leader has a clear vision and the managerial skills to turn the vision into action, there can be no successful implementation. Leadership and management must go hand in hand. At each phase of the decision-making process, as one Georgia entrepreneur explained, “Basically the buck stops here. I have to deal with the problem effectively, or somebody is disgruntled.” There is no one sure-fi re management style, no quick-fi x solution-to add water and stir. The secret is that you get to decide.