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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Functions of Leadership: Offering Different Levels of Thought

The Function of Offering Different Levels of Thought

            Creativity and critical thinking is a function that is important in the management of an organization. The necessity of this function cuts across business and organization types. The leadership is the one that best carries out the function. The ultimate aim of this function is to arrive at the best and most logical conclusion in the affairs of the organization. According to Pearce (2003, p.255-67), while carrying out the function, the leadership should fashion their thoughts in line with the organization and still be mindful of each member.

            In exercising this function, the leadership needs to consider the organization holistically. First, because an organization functions differently from individuals, the leadership should always ensure that they manage and guide organization’s meetings properly. This means that they should encourage active participation of every member and that they take each member’s thoughts and suggestions seriously. Through this, the leadership could encourage a sense of ownership among the members. This goes a long way in making them effective contributors to the achievements of the organization’s objectives.

            The second thing the leadership should consider is the needs, strengths, weaknesses and threats of the members of the organization. Knowledge of these issues that concern the employees is important as it can enable the leadership exercise wisdom in the delegation of powers and duties among the members. According to DePree (2007, p.83-87), the leadership of the organization should understand the members by carrying out a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis on each of the employees. The benefit of performing this SWOT analysis is to help the leadership recognize and utilize the diversity of strengths in them while also improving on their areas of weakness. Apart from the SWOT analysis, the leadership should make initiatives that motivate each member and assess their progress against the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives.

            Bellman (2001, p.138) adds that the leadership of any organization should make a consideration of each individual member’s progress. His suggestion is that the leadership should have a record of where each employee was at the beginning, where he or she is and where he or she aspires to be within a specific time. In addition, the leadership must not be static in their mode of thinking, but rather dynamic, allowing new ideas and way of thinking. This can only be achieved when the leadership has a clear, creative, and critical mode of thinking. Such would help create an environment that enables each member perform at the optimum level so that the organization succeeds in its work.

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