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Leadership Direction - discuss briefly the trends and predictions, comparing one to the other, of three interesting management articles.

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Leadership Direction In this paper I discuss briefly the trends and predictions, comparing one to the other, of three interesting management articles. The organisational structures today are changing to cater for trends that have developed in the last century related to the way we deal with information and communications. The management teachings currently available deliver certain insights and benefits to today's managers, there is however more questions that need to be asked in order to cater for the future. 1. Identify the key trends and predictions made by Drucker in his 1988 article. From your experience, is business management in 2004 becoming much like Drucker predicted. Drucker predicted a shift in organisations from a command and control structure to a structure that is information-based. Where the managers of the future will not need to have the specialist knowledge required by the employees in their department, but they would instead require a more general knowledge of the processes required to manage the operation. While maintaining the focus on goals and strategic direction rather than the now much automated and centralised operational management. The knowledge over the last centuries has shifted from the top executive and director layers through the middle management levels and down to the employees who will be specialists in their respective areas. ...read more.

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Organisations are now an assortment of legacy command and control style as well as younger fresh innovative styled managers whose leaders are more focussed on leading and letting the managers continue controlling the operational needs, as each organisational structure differs from another. Bennis' discussion brings out differing views, from a collection of educational specialists in management training, and opinions on what each sees in the marketplace within their experience. The uncertainty issues being discussed highlight that management teachings written down before are evolving and no one particular style or method is essentially the correct one for all organisations. The discussion develops and an important note is made that listening to the organisations requirements would provide a clearer indication of the deliverables that they would be deemed important to address their business objectives and allow for tailor made training programs that are more exact in addressing these objectives for that particular organisation. Leaders, while in all probabability are already trained and well educated, do not need to be taught how to lead as they are leaders already. David Peterson highlights five significant areas for development in effective leaders and managers self insight, motivation, capabilities, experience and accountability. Managers need to listen notably to direct reports and use that information gathered, to provide routes that lead into career progression further opening doors allowing the direct reports to grow within themselves. ...read more.

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Yet the leaders of the failures show as many strong leadership skills and entrepreneurial flair if not more, than the considered successful leaders. We could learn more in leadership skills from these leaders than we could from the leaders of currently successful organisations. The ability to lead groups of people off the edge of a cliff rather than into paradise can be a greater showing of strength in charisma, vision, clarity and aptitude than the managers who lead groups of people along 'normal' routes within accepted boundaries. Sincalirs article connects to the articles of Bennis and Drucker in that she is discussing trends that could evolve, Sinclair suggests that management leaders of the future could more closely analyse traits and styles of leadership that are not currently dealt with in common 'western' management text books. Sinclair has an interesting take on the leadership analysis and in my view one that should be more closely addressed certainly it is an area which I am interested in exploring further. In conclusion, having analysed these three papers and using the experienced gained in the market place it is clear to see that the management styles employed previously in the last century are being reviewed, assessed and analysed to better provide the leaders of tomorrow with a full host of skills and ideas to take corporations into the future with the most economically viable approach. I look forward to tomorrow. ...read more.

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