Essay about Management Theory

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Management Theory
Management Theory: Great Leaders of made of Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and McGregor
Tyng Wu
Benedictine University

Humanities 250

Professor Amy Hanridge
June 1, 2014

Management Theory: Great Leaders of made of Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and McGregor
Theories of leadership in any period are driven by a set of principles and hopes on the part of the philosopher. A core assumption about leadership is that leaders who succeed have a “vision,” a tangible goal toward which they and their followers can strive towards. While this is true on one spectrum, there are others that believe in the philosophy of Lao Tzu who said, “A good traveler has no fixed plans
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Machiavelli said in chapter 15, "he who neglects what is done for what ought to be done, sooner effects his ruin than his preservation” (Machiavelli, 2006, ch15). Machiavelli also emphasized the regard for present as well as future problems, “Let us enjoy the benefits of the time—but rather the benefits of their own valour and prudence, for time drives everything before it, and is able to bring with it good as well as evil, and evil as well as good” (Machiavelli, 2006, ch3). Machiavelli explained that rising to power from personal skill and virtue is more challenging, however once you have reached the top, the position is more secure. This security is due to the strength and self-sufficiency that is required for the climb to power, it also includes the respect garnered during the climb. He outlines this in chapter six of The Prince and uses Moses as an example of his rise to power. Machiavelli says, “by their own ability and not through fortune, have risen to be princes” (Machiavelli, 2006, ch6). Machiavelli writes that reformation of the status quo is always the most difficult; part of this is due to the people’s resistance to change. Even the people who will benefit the most from this change will be wavering in providing their support because the new is uncertain. A ruler will not be able to appease everyone, but in order to ensure his hold on his power; he may use force to hold his supporters in place even if they have doubts.

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