Management and Leadership Paper
University of Phoenix
Management Theory, Practice, and Application
Management and Leadership Paper
In the corporate world, many business models depict leadership and management as synonymous with one another. In reality management and leadership have very different meanings: management is a position and a manager is a title, whereas leadership is a skill and leader is a function. With the new economy based on flexibility of manpower and human resources competition in which people switch jobs if they are not satisfied. The ‘new manager’ who is managing workers must have the skills of a leader otherwise ...view middle of the document...
Managers being a management position obtain his or her power and authority from that position. Effective managers are not necessarily true leaders. Many managers perform their responsibilities successfully without being great leaders. Although the management position affords the opportunities for leadership, the ability to lead effectively, will set the excellent managers apart from the average ones (Bateman & Snell, 2009).
Managers must deal with the day- to- day complexities of the organization, the planning and budgeting routines, and structuring the organization. Whereas leaders effectively orchestrate important change, create vision and keep people focused on moving toward the future regardless of what obstacles lay in the way (Bateman & Snell, 2009).
The actual difference between a manager and a leader can be seen during an emergency. During the emergency, the manager is bound to take the tried and tested way to solve the crisis, whereas a leader tries to devise a solution, thereby taking his or her problem solving capabilities to the next level.
“GE has embraced the globalization mindset for the 21st century. General Electric is emerging stronger from the recession,” says Jeff Immelt. GE is investing in green technology- and sees a future in markets such as India and China. Currently 60% of GE’s sales are overseas. With GE bridging markets in China and India that percentage could sky rocket.
GE has a strong set of globalized businesses in infrastructure and finance aligned to meet today’s needs, including the demand for global infrastructure; growing and changing demographics that need access to health care, finance, and environmental technologies. GE provides the products and services that help developing regions participate in the global economy while also helping developed regions upgrade with cleaner, more efficient, and better infrastructure technologies (General Electric Company, 2010).
GE Global Research is the hub of technology development for all of GE’s businesses, with 10 global laboratories organized by scientific disciplines all focused on leveraging technology breakthroughs across multiple GE businesses. Each lab crosses geographic borders where people from the United States, Europe, China, and India collaborate on each success.
Beyond the strong partnerships that scientists have with GE’s business divisions, GE continues to look for the best partnerships with its customers, industry leaders, government (both foreign and domestic), and academia to enhance the company’s technology capabilities (General Electric Company, 2010).
Effective leadership must be spread out through an organization, not only in the top one or two positions. “The leader’s job therefore becomes one of spreading leadership abilities throughout the firm.” (Bateman & Snell, 2009, p. 457) GE is famous for developing the leadership skills of employees with potential so that the...