understanding management Essay

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There are many different leadership and management theories, some of which may appear contradictory. The Author will briefly outline why they think there are so many different theories and the differences and similarities between managing and leading and how this contributes to such a vast literature on leadership and management. The Author will outline how theoretical ideas about leadership and management have changed over time using wider reading and module material from chapters 2 and 3; Leading, Managing, Caring: understanding leadership and management in health and social care. Throughout this assignment the author will critically evaluate whether it is useful or confusing for a manager or
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The difference between leadership and management detailed here by Larkin is the approach (Chapter 1: Preparing to lead, page 6). Although there are differences between leadership and management , both play equally important and fundamental roles within any organisation and can work together very successfully. There is a natural overlap between the skills they require. The four building blocks of a fully rounded caring manager are the same as those for a fully rounded caring leader (personal awareness, team awareness, goal awareness and contextual awareness). Good caring management can be enhanced by effective leadership, and caring leaders can benefit from sound management awareness, (Chapter 1, Figure 1.3).
A great deal has been written about leadership throughout the twentieth century which can appear contradictory, (Huczynski and Buchanan, 2001) believes study is a modern obsession, however, leadership is not a new subject. There has been extensive debate whether leaders are born or made. Early research such as the Great Man approach focussed on distinguishing personal traits of leaders e.g. personality. This theory was the idea that certain individuals were born with traits that make them natural leaders, supporting the theory "leaders are born". Stogdill's (1948; 1974, cited by Huczynski and Buchanan, 2001) listed factors common to the numerous studies he examined; a strong drive for

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