Leadership: Management Styles

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Leadership managment stylesToday’s leadership professional development session: Management Styles, was presented by Sam Strickland

In order to be more effective, organizations will have to move to more organic and participative management styles.As the workforce- especially the workforce in top institutions such as Wake Tech Community College- gets more educated, we see a stronger relationship forming between education, management styles, and institutional effectiveness. In today’s professional development session, Sam Strickland made a clear connection between a more participative management style and education and skills.

Unfortunately, numbers that showed a more educated workforce did not necessarily show an increase in organizational ability. If you want to have an effective management style in a heavily-educated workforce, you must adjust your organizational design and management style.

Three ways in which organizational design and management style can affect:

  1. organizational effectiveness
  2. individual performance motivation
  3. existence of organizational communication, coordination, and control mechanisms

These allow the performance of individuals to come together in ways that produce an effective organization; as well as individual performance capability.

 

Organizational effectiveness

Historically, there is a strong connections between the level of organization within an institution and its effectiveness. There are many different management styles, but no “magic bullet” style that is always effective. The key to organizational effectiveness is finding the particular approach to management that fits the type of demands a particular technology places on the organization. This should be taken to heart within each department and division.

Individual performance motivation

Motivation is frequently given in terms of individual rewards, however, this does not always translate to organizational success. In order for the organization- say Wake Tech, for instance- to succeed, smart management will make a clear, visible connection between the success of the individual and the success of the organization. Self-managing teams are another great way to help individuals feel responsible for organizational performance.

In an organization our size, the best management styles will contribute a sense of organizational performance, because they create an environment in which the individual feels they can influence the direction an organization takes, the decisions it makes, and future strategies or tactics the organization employs.

Existence of organizational communication, coordination, and control mechanisms

For an organization to effectively come together, there must exist a means of organizational communication, coordination and mechanisms of control that allows the performance of individuals to come together in ways that produce a quality organization. Teams need information on their performance for self-management and interfacing with other teams.

High Involvement Systems

High involvement systems by their very nature require greater individual performance capability on the part of the employees than other systems. These systems call for individuals to influence decisions, exercise a broader range of skills on the job, and interact with people in groups and settings outside of the norms of most business settings.

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