Project #33616 - Leadership

Please draft a memo addressing whether the hypothesis of the attached case has merit and where the concept of leadership fits in the analysis of the manager's role. 

Place your memo on Discussion Board.   Your thoughts should be organized and presented in executive memo form.  Citing credible sources to bolster your argument is strongly encouraged.  Your memo should be no longer than 1 page.

 

 

 

Contrary to what we would like to believe, the manager’s personal values and views about what would be best for the organization do not count for much in day-to-day organizational life.  This is because management is essentially a political process.  The manager’s role is to balance (some would say juggle) the many, often contradictory, pressures on the organization from external and internal stakeholders (some of which may be group or organizations).  Each stakeholder has something the organization needs, whether it be dollars, patients, regulatory approvals, a willingness to work for the organization, or whatever.  And this enables each stakeholder to make demands on the organization that furthers his or her self-interest.  Often, these demands are conflicting. For example, physicians may want a hospital to purchase the latest equipment for them to use in treating their patients, while purchasers want the hospital to cut its costs.  Some stakeholders have a lot of power to press for their agendas; others have less.  Those that the organization needs the most and those with the most power tend to get more of what they want.  The manager has little choice but to respond to these pressures. Skillful managers try to orchestrate the diverse demands so as to accommodate as many as possible while maintaining a reasonable degree of harmony within the organization.  This is fundamentally a matter of accommodation and compromise, although sometimes a consensus can be found.  The manager’s role is essentially political – a broker of power.  The manager’s job is to balance the competing pressures to maintain harmony in the organization. His or her goals and values have little to do with it.

 

 

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 06/19/2014 08:30 pm
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