To survive the 21st century we are go

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‘To survive the 21st century, we are going to need a new generation of leaders’ (Warren Bennis 1992). Critically discuss this statement using appropriate theory and relevant examples to support your answer.

The twenty-first century has been a key period in the alteration of the dimensions of managerial and leadership change throughout the business world. A key development within this sector has been ethical leadership; this essay will examine the dimensions of ethical leadership, the disconnections between the role of a manager and the role of a leader, and the necessary capabilities that leaders will need to possess in the present day in order to generate success and prosperity.

The way in which the 21st century is evolving illustrates
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Leadership is of the spirit, compounded of personality and vision...Management is of the mind, more a matter of accurate calculation, statistics, methods, timetables, and routine" (Bennis, 1992, p.8). Slim reiterates Bennis’ view well, showing that there is a clear difference between the position of a manager and that of a leader.
The Saratoga Institute surveyed the Fortune 1000 companies, in order to try and gain an insight of the changes in style development we should expect to be seeing. One of the findings showed that the role of the leader is changing, “Eighty-eight percent of the participants indicated that both the nature of leadership and the method for developing leaders had changed. Successful leaders are embracing a ‘people first-activities second’ style” (HR Focus, 1998, 6). They are trusting the staff to achieve as opposed to controlling them. By trusting the employees this shows confidence and respect in the staff, this could boost morale and efficiency within the business (Green, 2012, 9). Adopting this leadership style at this time could be deemed a necessity as the importance of building trust and loyalty becomes more important in the workplace as this will encourage employee contribution (Biro, 2012, 10), The emergence of generation Y staff requires employers to build stronger relationships to ensure they are content in the workplace (Kane, ,11).
This is a positive change


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