The Softer Side of Leadership

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7. The Softer Side of Leadership.(becoming a better manager) Somerset, Felicity. "The Softer Side of Leadership." CMA Management Oct. 2001: 12. General OneFile . Web. 16 June 2011. Document URL http://find.galegroup.com.research.smpl.org:2048/gtx/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC- Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2001 Society of Management Accountants of Canada How to take your leadership to a deeper level As a competent manager, you may feel confident about your skills but are looking for a way to move to the next step -- to become not only a manager, but also a leader. Management is different from leadership. In What Leaders Really Do (1999), John P. Kotter suggests that managers cope with complexity through such functions as planning and budgeting, organizing and staffing, controlling and problem-solving. Leaders, on the other hand, cope with change by setting direction, aligning people behind that direction, motivating and inspiring. You can be both a manager and a leader, but being a leader may be more difficult. At a Conference Board of Canada conference in April 2001, Anne Golden, the new president of the Board, suggested that Canada's business leaders need to have a "greater capacity to see the bigger picture and gauge the impact of their decisions." She also told conference participants that "little is being done to groom the next generation of leaders" (Globe and Mall, April 9, 2001). Leadership is not always exercised in a position at or near the top of an organization. Leadership can be distributed across an organization, and developing your leadership skills need not depend on your job title. Deepening your Leadership capacity Deepening your capacity for leadership entails developing what have been called the "soft skills" of leadership. They include a blend of cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills. For example, a leader in setting direction requires the skill to see the big picture and to define a future-oriented vision that is compelling and attractive. Leaders need to be able to think strategically, rather than tactically, to provide the framework for implementing the vision. The leader's role in coping with change requires a flexibility and responsiveness to the complexities of the environment outside and inside the organization. Leaders are called upon to resolve dilenunas when circumstances change, and to make hard decisions while recognizing their impact on the organization and the people in it. These cognitive skills need to be linked closely
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