Should Senior Executives Manage Client Accounts And Projects?

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1. What do experts say about executives staying very close to the core of their business? Should senior executives manage client accounts and projects?
Delegation is “the assignment of responsibility or authority to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities” It is one of the core concepts of management leadership.
Some experts advocate delegation to include all aspects of managers’ task and responsibility because executive will have the time and energy to focus on larger decision making and controlling aspect of the company than the day to day trivial activities. Whereas others want to draw a clear line of distinction as to what tasks and responsibilities need to be delegated and advocate executive
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1.1) Should senior executives manage client accounts and projects?
The answer should depend on the level of significance, and importance to the company existence that particular project or client has. Some companies rely on one or two big projects and the project success define their overall business strategy and long term stays in business. In that case, I believe the attention of senior management in client accounts and projects would enhance leading of the project into a desirable result as senior executives with authority can mobilize the entire company resources without big obstacles and would able to swiftly respond to client or project demand.
Basically, senior executives advised to stay away from day to day routine activities and focus and heavily invest their time, expertise and leadership skill on matters that are critical and significantly affects the well-being of the company.
2. Should executives try to control projects to maintain their position of
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Gary Yukl (2006) defines leadership as “the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it, and the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives”. It can be originated from a formal structure or from outside the formal setting of an organization. Leadership needs goal compatibility and requires some congruence between the goals of the leadership and those being led. It has a downward influence on followers. Leadership is more related to individual influence. Leadership is an influence process and effective leadership relies on a leader that influence his followers in achieving the desired goal. Research emphasis on leadership focused on style.
Power, on the other hand, refers to a capacity that one has to influence the behavior of others (textbook Chapter 13). Power does not need goal compatibility and merely rely on dependence and focus on gaining compliance at any cost and it takes all factors into consideration. As power is a potential, it may not be used all the time. Research emphasis on power is focused on the tactics used by individual and groups. Leadership and power are very much intertwined for example power can be used by the leader to gain

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