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Management & Leadership

I need your help with the following questions

1) How can managers develop leadership skills?
2) Can managers be effective leaders? Why or why not?
3) How can a manager be an effective change agent?
4) How does a leader ensure a healthy organizational culture?
5) Can someone who is a leader not be a manager? Why or why not?

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Leadership & Management

1. How can managers develop leadership skills?

Leadership is both formal (corporate hierarchy/government) & informal (friendships). Some people are said to be born leaders - it is just in their personality to take charge; some people train to be leaders or are pushed to take the helm out of responsibility & necessity which is usually the case in a corporate setting. Leadership dictated by genetics aside, learning leadership in a corporate setting is a necessity. One can lead & motivate while taking charge cleverly of challenges that the group being managed as a whole while looking after its individual in a most efficient manner. There are various management styles taught academically to handle the human, mechanical & technical side of management. Usually though, successful management is all about the 'person factor'. At times natural born leaders take the cake but they still need the technical know-how on the science of management as well as the nature of the group they are managing in relation to the outcome expected of them: these entire one cannot be expected to take on by innate ability alone.

When managers ascend through the ranks, it means they started somewhere below where they are. Ascension refers to learning by experience & earning one's current position. Management skills pursuant to what is needed by the company expected of its managers while carrying similarity to any other corporate & non-corporate organizations is situated & unique. Companies hold leadership training regularly to employees with advanced level leadership skills taught dependent upon the promise, position & capacity of the individual. When one reaches manager status at a software design firm for example, it is expected that said manager would be just as skilled as or even better than those who work under him. We live in a competitive world that requires specialization for those in coordinating & management positions. The best resource of any organization is its' people. They are the reason behind its success or downfall. Leadership skills of key management employees are assimilated by experience & observation as well ...

Solution Summary

The solution defines management & leadership as separate concepts. It then discusses the use of leadership in management and management in leadership by putting in context the functions of a leader & a manager & how they merge when function requires it. It creates a profile of a leader & a manager by providing examples as seen in society. This extensive solution defines the various modes/types of leadership that can be adapted in practicing effective management. Specifically, it answers in a concise yet extensive manner the set questions (1 to 5) provided in the post.