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Management and Leadership 1Management and Leadership within the Marine CorpsYOUR NAMEUniversity of Phoenix
Management and Leadership 2Management and Leadership within the Marine CorpsFor nearly 234 years now, the United States Marine Corps has been known for three things: discipline, dedication, and leadership. Each of these traits has helped the Marine Corps stand out amongst the other branches of services in addition to all other organizations. Part of thereason the Marine Corps has continued to be a successful organization over the years is due to the roles of both management and leadership within the Corps. These key roles allow Marines to set and achieve desired goals through planning, controlling and inspiration. Knowing the roles and responsibilities that managers and leaders play in the organization also allows the Marine Corps to create and maintain a healthy organizational culture for Marines. Lastly, definitive management in this organization allows for effective globalization to aid the mission of the Marine Corps.In the world of business, management and leadership are often times used interchangeably, but they each have distinct meanings that separate the two. While it is possible for an individual to possess the skills required to be an effective manager and an effective leader, possessing one of these skills does not guarantee the other. According to Bateman & Snell (2009), a manager is one who “works with people and resources to accomplish organizational goals” whereas a leader is “one who influences others to attain goals.” Although different in theirmeanings, both leaders and mangers play an important role in contributing to the overall success of an organization. As a manager, one must make plans, set goals, and ensure the organization stays on the right track, while as a leader, one must “orchestrate change, set direction, and motivate people to overcome obstacles and move the organization toward its ideal future” (Bateman & Snell, 2009). Another difference between managers and leaders is that managers
Management and Leadership 3have subordinates while leaders have followers. In the same sense, it is justifiable to say that subordinates are assigned to managers while followers are earned through good leadership.In the Marine Corps, leading and managing are key fundamentals at the heart of the organization. As Marines move up in the rank structure, this “confirms that the men and women who wear it have earned greater leadership and responsibility” (U.S. Marine Corps, 2009). The individuals who take the role of managers are the senior enlisted Marines and Officers while leaders can be any Marine of any rank. Marines are expected to be leaders at a very early point intheir Marine Corps career. “Starting with the first day of recruit training, recruits are assigned responsibilities designed to develop leadership skills” (U.S. Marine Corps, 2009). In addition,