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    Leadership Challenge: Selecting Team Members

    The leader of your client organization has observed a lack of flexibility and a slow decision-making process in many of the departments. He believes that he is not serving his customers well, and has decided to move to a team environment and to push many of the decisions to the lowest possible levels. In other words, he wants to create a team-based, empowered organization. Several of his best managers are resisting the idea strongly. They not only feel that many employees are not ready for the change, but they also believe that they personally could never change from a "command and control" style to allowing more participation (adapted from Nahavandi p. 54).

    Your client has asked you to prepare a report in which you address the following questions:

    How should the leader deal with the situation?
    What arguments can he use to persuade his managers?
    What can he do to help his managers change their style?
    What are the implications of his actions and decisions?

    Use as many references as you can find, and remember to cite them using APA style.
    Important to include in-text citations please. 3 - 4 pages

    Objective:
    - Compare and contrast leadership and management, and understand their similarities and differences as well as the ethical challenges that managers face.
    - Discuss and explain when and why participation should be used to improve leadership effectiveness.

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    How should the leader deal with the situation?

    As noted above, the primary cause of resistance among the managers is the fear that they will loose their control over their subordinates and strong feel that the employees will not be ready for such a change. Thus, in order to overcome this resistance, leader should use some of the most effective change management strategies to influence the managers to adopt this idea of an empowered organization as soon as possible.

    First of all, leader should use his own charisma and experience to influence the decision of managers by clearly explaining them about the potential benefits and advantages of such team based and empowered organization. Leader can also provide examples of organizations in the industry or outside the industry, where team based strategy has resulted in significant gains for the company. Further, leader can also emphasize on the advantages of a team based setting. such as pooling of ideas, ability to undertake large and complex projects, greater cooperation,etc.

    All these efforts of the leader should be backed up by indulging in individual discussion
    with all the managers, thereby clearing all their doubts and apprehensions about the new organizational setting. Further, to boost their morale in terms of adopting this strategy, leader can announce several incentives and ...

    Solution Summary

    First of all, a leader should use his own charisma and experience to influence the decision of managers by clearly explaining them about the potential benefits and advantages of such team based and empowered organization.

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