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Wk 2, Sept 16-22: Leadership Primer Today, you cannot visit a bookstore without finding significant writings in leadership. Popular writers such as Stephen Covey, Tom Peters, Warren Bennis, Ken Blanchard, etc. have helped to make leadership more popular among general management professionals. In addition, new leadership concepts and terms have become more familiar to the public at large. Total quality management, the use of self-directed work teams, participative leadership, and transformational leadership are now part of the American business vocabulary. Leadership and management can consume us. Leadership and management are necessary companions in the conduct of an organization. You could call them the “ying and yang” of an enterprise, encircling and enabling each other. Even though they are both intertwined in the organizational fabric, they operate on different dimensions. Kotter writes, “Leadership and management are two distinctive and complementary systems of action. Each has its own function and characteristic activities. Both are necessary for success in today’s business environment.” He goes on to say, “Leadership compliments management, it does not replace it. Strong leadership with weak management is no better and sometimes worse than the reverse.”
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course MGMT 615 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at UMBC.

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Wk 2 - Wk 2, Sept 16-22: Leadership Primer Today, you...

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