Changing Culture over Time

Culture Definition: Cultures in organisation is defined by how the organisation is run, how the personalities within the organisation interact with each other and also how the structure of the company is set out. Most organisations tend to start off as a power culture, this is because it is set up by a person and he/she wants to run the company their own way, doing what they want to do and meeting their personal objectives, with the help of subordinates. This leads to organisation growth though, and this means that a power culture will no longer work. To continue growing specialist people will need to be brought it, and these types of employees want to feel welcome, want to feel part of the organisation. This leads to a task culture. On the other hand; it could be a line of work, like office work, where people just go to earn money. This leads to a role culture. After this point, most organisations will be in the role culture stage, however when things grow again companies will have to be able to change quicker and compete with other people; this will lead to needing greater flexibility. This takes us into a task culture. Key Learning Points How would you Define Culture? How would you Define a Power Culture? What are the Other Three Main Cultures? Image from Flickr...

Leadership Styles

Leadership Styles Definition: A leadership style is based upon a set of expectations; a person learns to develop as to how they should involve themselves, and others, in the achievement of results. There are five main leadership styles which have been talk about over the years; below we have the definitions of these. Obviously there are many other styles of leaders, but these five try and sum up what we normally see in business. Great Man The great man style of leadership defines that the leader tends to be a born leader, but tends not to look into the future too much. Their productivity is high, but only for the short term, which means that they can change quickly to market changes, but on the other hand they are unlikely to see changes coming and therefore it may lead to competitors having an edge. ‘Great Man’ also tend to be too dependant on other individuals, meaning that a good team needs to be around him, this is where a good business culture and environment would come in handy. These leaders also tend to be very well organised, against management, which can cause unrest, and due to this can be destructive. You will sometimes hear about the ‘Great Man Theory’, which uses the above information as a basis to describe leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Julius Caesar. An argument against the great man comes from Herbert Spencer, saying that “you must admit that the genesis of a great man depends on the long series of complex influences which has produced the race in which he appears and the social state...