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Management Styles and Strategic Planning

Discuss the following on management and strategic planning:

Does a great manager tend to be impulsive or systematic, creative or driven, reflective or decisive? You can use other great managers as an example such as Steve Jobs. Does a great manager employ a combination of the aforementioned based on the situation? Are others involved? Is planning ever long range or short range or both? Strategic planning?

Be sure to include examples to illustrate your answers. Draw upon concepts of management styles and different types of managers. Provide references.

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Great managers tend to be more systematic than impulsive. Impulsiveness tends to create problems in the long term (McCarthy, 2010). This being said there is a certain amount of impulsiveness that can help managers as they creatively work to solve problems in the workplace (McCarthy, 2010). A manager can be both creative and driven as both qualities serve managers equally well. In addition managers can benefit from both reflective practice and decisive action.

An example of a manager/leader that exhibits every one of the traits listed above is Richard Branson. Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Records, and ultimately Virgin Brands, which includes a wide variety of companies from travel agencies to cell phone services to bookstores and everything in between (Richard Branson Biography, 2012). Richard Branson has been quoted as saying "a business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts" (Richard Branson Biography, 2012). This quote alone gives insight to how important Branson felt creativity was in his success.

Other than being creative he was also driven. He stopped at nothing to make sure that he accomplished what he set out to ...

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This 753 word response covers Management styles and strategic planning. It covers systematic and impulsive tendencies and outlines reflective and decisive decision making skills. It contains 3 references to back up the content.