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[Solved] MGT503 GDB 1 Fall 2020

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Friday, December 04, 2020

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Friday, December 11, 2020



Question Title

GDB 01

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GDB 01

 Objective of the activity: The objective of this discussion is to make students able to  difference between management-leadership characteristics.


Learning Outcomes:

After attempting this activity, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between management and leadership characteristics.
  • Learn how to develop both management and leadership attributes?



The ideal characteristic of a leader is to ‘make sense of it all’ in this highly turbulent and dynamic world. Leaders have a command in comprehending what is going on, and exactly how it will/may changeover the industry (or society at large) in coming years. However, good management focuses more about defining goals and dividing them into detailed and concrete plans. These plans then need to be carried out by an average employee, who doesn’t have to care about the future, or face the obstacle by himself. This isn’t a simple task for managers in itself and can’t be underestimated.

Extensive work has already been written in the industry regarding leadership traits and if it portrays good management skills or not. However, one of the schools of thought is that, leadership and good management are two different skills and an organization requires both of them. Likewise, it is very unusual to find both the characteristics in the same person and it is all-important for CEOs to apprehend this. An organization that needs to be competitive in the long-term requires both leaders and good managers to balance each other and CEO is supposed to performs both the roles successfully.



Being a student of Principles of Management you must be familiar with the notion that one of the vital functions of management takes account of “leading” in its practice. However, from the above premise, it is shown that amalgamation of both leadership and management skills is rare to happen.

Your task is to jot down that how both skills (management and leadership) can be inculcated by CEOs in their personality. Write atleast 4 points.




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Both skills of management and leadership can be inculcated by CEOs in their personality by using the four factors.

1. Leader You must have an honest understanding of who you are, what you know, and what you can do. Also, note that it is the followers, not the leader or someone else who determines if the leader is successful. If they do not trust or lack confidence in their leader, then they will be uninspired. To be successful you have to convince your followers, not yourself or your superiors, that you are worthy of being followed.

2. Followers Different people require different styles of leadership. For example, a new hire requires more supervision than an experienced employee does. A person who lacks motivation requires a different approach than one with a high degree of motivation. You must know your people! The fundamental starting point is having a good understanding of human nature, such as needs, emotions, and motivation. You must come to know your employees' be, know, and do attributes.

3. Communication You lead through two-way communication. Much of it is nonverbal. For instance, when you “set the example,” that communicates to your people that you would not ask them to perform anything that you would not be willing to do. What and how you communicate either builds or harms the relationship between you and your employees.

4. Situation All situations are different. What you do in one situation will not always work in another. You must use your judgment to decide the best course of action and the leadership style needed for each situation. For example, you may need to confront an employee for inappropriate behavior, but if the confrontation is too late or too early, too harsh or too weak, then the results may prove ineffective. Also note that the situation normally has a greater effect on a leader's action than his or her traits. This is because while traits may have an impressive stability over a period of time, they have little consistency across situations (Mischel, 1968). This is why a number of leadership scholars think the Process Theory of Leadership is a more accurate than the Trait Theory of Leadership. Various forces will affect these four factors. Examples of forces are:

• Your relationship with your seniors.
• The skill of your followers.
• The informal leaders within your organization.
• How your organization is organized.