All entries for January 2012

January 31, 2012

Management or Leadership?


Since the difference between leadership and management came up today in the discussion, i thought it was a good idea to share some of the definitions it happend to have read lately.

"By leadership, I mean influencing others' actions in achieving desirable ends. Leaders are people who shape the goals, motivations and actions of others. Frequently they initiate change to reach existing and new goals. ... While managing well often exhibits leadership skills, the overall function is toward maintenance rather than change" (Cuban, 1988).

"Whereas leaders have long term and future-oriented perspectives and provide a vision for their followers that looks beyond their immediate surroundings, managers have short term perspectives and focus on routine issues within their own immediate departments or groups" (Nahavandi 2000: 13).

I hope you find these definitions usefull and keep challenging the differences between leaders and managers.

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January 30, 2012

To follow or to be followed?

Given the exercise of the lifeboat leader and the disscusion after that, I think that most of us made our decisions onarrowleader.jpg who was the most suitable for this particular situation, emphasising on the skills and leadership qualities of the people in question.

However, to my mind, in such cases you need to think as a follower and ask what do you expect from your leader in a crisis situation to do. The sense of self-preservation is inherent to most people in these conditions and everyone becomes the leader of oneself. But in order to bestow your life and survival to another person, you have to trust in his/her abilities.

It is the exact same thing with organisations. Usually, it is the members of the board (followers in this case) who choose the CEO of the company (leader). And thus, they have to be convinced that that particular person is capable to drive the results they want.

That is why the work of a leader is much harder than that of followers, since he or she has to live up to other peoples expectations...

January 07, 2012

Desing for X

Having finished the presentation concerning the plane crash and the DFX for PEUSS module and reflecting on the discussion at the end of the presentation a question has stuck on my mind. All DFXs have their tools and implementing them in theory seems easy. But when it comes to reality and real industry situation, how is anyone sure that the most appropriate tool is used?

January 02, 2012

New Year's Resolution

Most people at the end of the year reflect on what they've done and what happened to them or in the general world. And usually the next step is to give promises to themselves for the forthcoming year. These promises vary among people, depending on what they want or need.

Thus, my personal wish for the 2012 is that may all of us become better people this year and less selfish. Since rich people are not only those with lots of money, but also those with 'rich' feelings...

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