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Managers, Leaders, Cultures, Blanchard's Situational Theory

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1. Can someone who is a manager not be a leader? Why or why not?

2. How does Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Theory leadership apply to your organization?

3. How do your organization's leaders impact your organization's culture?

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1. Unfortunately, it is possible for a person to be a manager but not a leader. A leader is, by definition, someone whom others are willing to follow. A true leader is typically charismatic or at least motivating and can encourage employees to do a job for reasons other than personal. A leader can truly unite a group into a team and can harvest synergies that a manager may not be able to. A manager, by contrast, who is not a leader, might rule with an iron fist to get the job done, but morale is low and turnover is common. A manager might hold the position not out of leadership skills but out of superior technical ability, seniority, or personal relationships. For maximum productivity, firms should be careful only to promote leaders into management positions.

2. Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Leadership is concerned with the differing needs of employees based upon their technical ...

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The solution differentiates managers and leaders, discusses the Hersey and Blanchard Situational Theory, and describes how organization's leaders impact an organization's culture.