Management and Leadership
May 27, 2012
Mike Dillhyon, Jr.
Management and Leadership
It takes both great management and great leadership to run any successful company. According to Bateman and Snell (2009), “management is the process of working with people and resources to accomplish organizational goals,” and “a leader is one who influences others to attain goals.” Effective managers do not always equate to charismatic leaders. People in administrative and supervisory positions who successfully perform their roles and responsibilities do this without being great leaders.
Though the two go hand in hand they play different roles within the company. Managers ...view middle of the document...
Robert J. Roberts worked at the YMCA in Boston and developed the first exercise classes and fitness workouts. He coined the term “body building”. The YMCA organization evolved over the years from a camping-type program to training school to a champion of diversity during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. Today, the YMCA promotes public policy initiatives and provides fundraising and rebuilding efforts to areas around the world affected by natural disasters.
Management is tasked with the four distinct functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Effective management is required to be fluent in all four areas. The four functions in management are like a complex machine ran by well-oiled gears. One defective gear can shut down the whole machine. Management is necessary to help define goals, maintain organization of multiple tasks, to lead and motivate people, and distribute resources (Bateman & Snell, 2009).
Leadership is in place to help achieve the goals set out by the company. The personal goals of a leader sometimes have to be set aside. It cannot interfere with the goals of the company or organization. “Leaders throughout the organization are needed to do the things that their people want, but also to help create and implement strategic direction,” (Bateman & Snell, "Chapter 12, The Functions of Management," 2009). Leadership sees the small details in the bigger picture. They are tasked with inspiring and motivating their team into greatness. The YMCA began as a Bible study and prayer meeting in 1844 by a young farmer boy with leadership qualities. George Williams was 22 years old when he moved out of the country and into the city to become a department store worker. He saw a need for young men to have an outlet from the hazardous life on the London streets. His leadership inspired and motivated young men to get involved in community outreach programs. A retired sea captain working as a marine missionary was inspired by the stories he heard of the Y in England Thomas Valentine Sullivan stepped up as a leader and formed the first YMCA in the United States at the Old South Church in Boston on December 29, 1851 ("The YMCA", 2012).
The YMCA is a unified global network using resources and innovative solutions to help people of many nations reach their potential. The YMCA promotes building a global community by giving young people and adults the opportunity to understand and celebrate diversity. Though technological advancements, the YMCA helps youth develop key skills to join forces with the peers around the world. It is this same technology that has allowed the YMCA organization to expand to over 120 countries around the world serving over 45 million people. The ability to partner in their global network allows the end users to help strengthen communities, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and bring about positive change in an increasingly globalized society. Globalization has led the YMCA to...