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Organizational Leadership

As economic times change, management styles have changed accordingly. New concepts and issues of management styles have been analyzed, synthesized, and evaluated to meet the changing needs of the marketplace. The concept of change management has gained great acceptance and/or disapproval by all sectors, including civilian and military.

Katzenbach (1995) wrote that â??Real change leaders are the linchpins connecting three critical forces for organizational change and performance: top leadership aspirations (what are we trying to become?); workforce energy and productivity (how will we climb the mountain?); and the marketplace reality (what do our target customers truly seek, and what can and will our potential competitors really do?) (pp. 8-9).

Discuss 3 to 5 changes that have or are occurring in organizational life or in your discipline today.

Identify and discuss the benefits and challenges of two or three change management theories as proposed in the practice and discipline of management.

Using one of the change management theories you discussed, analyze two of the five changes you identified in your field to determine if there have been periods of time in which leaders in the field, as well as actual practitioners in the field, have had to address the issue of change management. Specifically, this analysis should be based on a synthesis of the current literature (and literature no older than 1995) to demonstrate how leaders in your field of study have addressed the issue of change management as well as any changes in management style.

Relate these specific changes to your own current, previous, and/or future career paths. This analysis should help to reveal how you have seen changes occur over the past decade or so in your field.

Finally, what possible changes, suggestions and/or recommendations would you consider to be necessary in management in order for effective change of organizations in the future?

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Identify and discuss the benefits and challenges of two or three change management theories as proposed in the practice and discipline of management.

Many theories over the years have been proposed for change management or organizational leadership. The two that I believe are the most importance in our current day and age are transformational leadership and servant-leadership. A variety of benefits and challenges are worth noting with these two. For example, with transformational leadership, the goal is to have change, but in the meantime to inspire. This in the meantime empowers their employees to give above and beyond what is asked of them in any setting within the organization itself. Some challenges are present as well. Not everyone organization is receptive to using this type of leadership, and prefer the classical leadership instead, which is the 'my way or the highway' approach. Those that have done business for a long time may not find it easy to do this. Some may not have heard of transformational leadership, and may need some education in the process. Another possibility is that people do not want to change in order to help their business grow. This can hinder profit and customer growth. Ultimately, the company could face bankruptcy, and have a turnover rate, which would cost them thousands or millions.

In regards to servant-leadership, this has benefits and challenges as well. Here are a few reasons to become optimistic with this theory. For those people that are servant-leaders, they empower and inspire their employees through their humility and service. When employees take note of this, they desire to change, learn, and grow in the process. Eventually, the company will have an increase in profit, and will have a plethora of loyal customers. The organization could become a worldwide phenomenon, and other businesses would want to follow suit. This would be because they would realize that money is not everything, but by serving others it makes all the difference. Some challenges are to get businesses to adapt to this model. They could have been around for at least ten years, and believe classical leadership is the way to go, but soon realize that the times are changing. This is especially true of organizations that are electronic based. For anyone in this type of position, they have to ...

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