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By Hilarie Owen

Management has been a sizzling subject for on the subject of two decades now, besides the fact that, we appear to be witnessing fewer inspirational examples of excellent management than ever prior to. as an alternative, we're confronted with myriad examples of corruption and misbehavior from our so known as leaders -- inflicting what has been referred to as "the management crisis." New pondering on management brings jointly a groundbreaking selection of the most recent pondering from  Read more...

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We can also see this effect in the rash of ‘instant leadership’ books: if you have not achieved significant changes in the first 90 days then you are self-evidently a failure. Fourth, our attempts to distance ourselves from what Meindl, Ehrlich and Dukerich (1985) called, ‘the Romance of [Heroic] Leadership’ seems to have led many to assume that some form of distributed leadership through partnership working is the solution to all our problems. But the evidence thus far suggests that distributed leadership is anything but a simple solution to a complex problem (Leonard, 2010) and the subsequent difficulties of making it work seem to have led many to resort to command and control 19 20 Challenges for Leadership in the face of collective congealment and indecision.

Democracy engages public expectations, opinions and preferences within a framework of checks and balances that, according to US political scientist Samuel Huntington, result in better predictability of events. Without such checks and balances, shocks to the system would have a greater and wider social impact. Democratic structures that regulate totalitarian decisions help the overall system to be more resilient and adaptable to the complex and varying environment of today. The ‘Jury Theorem’ proposed by the 18th-century French philosopher Nicolas de Condorcet points in the same direction: that contrary to our conventional thinking, decisions made by large groups of people are more likely to turn out to be accurate than decisions made by individuals.

Dr Maxwell continues: Let me draw a good example from my life. When I was shifting my company from one location to another, I could have continued to lead the team. No one would have questioned my leadership. Yet, I chose Frank. Because I knew, Frank was excellent when it came to attention to detail, which I lacked. I was aware that I was not a person who could do daily follow-ups that a transition project required. I handed over the charge completely to Frank. For the next 12 months, he chartered the course for our venture.

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