Leadership for the Twenty-First Century by Joseph Rost

By Joseph Rost

This illuminating research opinions the idea that of management as understood within the final seventy five years and appears to the twenty-first century for a reconstructed realizing of management within the postindustrial period. extra similarities in prior many years have been came upon than were proposal; the thread all through Rost's booklet is that management was once conceived of as "good management." He develops a brand new definition and paradigm for management during this quantity that distinguishes management from administration in primary methods. The ethics of management from a postindustrial point of view completes the paradigm. The publication concludes with feedback that may be instantly used in assisting to remodel our realizing of management.

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91). There is no indication in the narratives that leadership is conceived as a political process. Management and psychological scientists do not take kindly to conceptualizing leadership as a political process. Zaleznik (1989), a management theorist of leadership with a Freudian bent, argues that politics is part of the problem, not the solution, in trying to conceptualize and practice leadership. In business organizations as in the family, politicsflourishesin the absence of content and expression of talents.

True cooperation then follows because people are working for a dynamic organization that has direction. Leadership also amplifies the motivation to work because people experience the fusion of rationality with talent, (p. 35) Zaleznik opined that the political model of leadership as explicated by Neustadt (1980) "may reflect the realities of election politics and bureaucratic continuity, but is bizarre if applied to business" (p. 32). Out with Burns, Kellerman, Lindblom, Neustadt, Paige, and Tucker, who do not fit into the rational, technological, and psychological understanding of leadership propagated by the management theorists.

They simply take for granted that leadership and management are the same. As Marxist scholars on the left and elite power theorists on the right have said, the leadership theories have been dominated by an almost total concentration on the leader, the consequence of which is that there has been almost no interest in the followers. In these theories, leadership and leader have been used as synonymous terms. Other critiques of these leadership theories have pointed to the major points of view that they have in common: The theories have been goal-achievementoriented, often in the most pragmatic, self-interested, individualistic, cost-benefit terms possible; they overemphasize face-to-face, dyadic, and small group relationships to the detriment of transforming, larger, symbolic, and political relationships that may be organizational and societal in their breadth and largely carried on through a medium that is not face-to-face; they are representative of male, even macho, characteristics that contain heroic, folkloric, Old West, and Hollywood images of what males do as leaders; they are utilitarian, short-term, and materialistic in their ethical base; and, finally, they are excessively rationalistic, technocratic, quantitative, and scientific in their background assumptions, as well as in the language used to formulate the concepts and the methods used to research leadership and then discuss the research conclusions in the literature.

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