By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Frustrations of Management: Successful Leadership
By Stephen L. Kendal (LAP Lambert Germany, $60.84, softcover, 84 pages)
Even though we all strive to prosper in every aspect of life, when it comes to the workplace there are certain prerequisites that are vital for leaders to be successful.
Practical experience is one key to work-based triumph. Another is effective leadership.
Author, lobbyist, public servant and specialist in education and industry policy development, Stephen Kendal points out that “leadership is essential for business success, productivity and savvy about resolving business risk and solving personal vulnerabilities, including health in the workplace when responsibilities are undertaken”.
For efficient leadership, emphasis needs to be placed, and immediate priority given, to any situation that requires attention to get positive outcomes.
Managers want to succeed at work and styles of leadership vary, but “leaders must necessarily be motivated to harness and strengthen cooperation” which results in higher productivity and efficiency.
With a “passion for leadership and great policy”, Dr Kendal does well to disseminate his knowledge about the academic approaches to management.
Writing to ‘progress good policy’, he states that “practical experience is the fundamental that must be mastered for success”.
“This is therefore best done by matching closely individual executive work skills and capacity for practical judgement when allocating staff to individual tasks and when forming teams to implement policy,” Dr Kendal says.
“Effective practical judgement skills based on experience are the ultimate test of an individual’s judgement and sufficiency in experience and training.”
While ‘better democracy’ is imperative in the workplace, skills identified to support leadership development need to be the right ones and not those that are desk-oriented.
However, a depressing conclusion is that “middle managers are often ignored, along with women managers in the development process to identify and support leaders needed for agencies and businesses”.
Australian women play a minority role in Australian management, but change is occurring—at a “snail’s pace”.
Edition 315, 29 May 2012
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