WEEK THREE: The Leader as the Social architect
A leaderâ€™s job is to create the direction so the company can move forward. The leader does this in steps. Here are the steps of the process:
First, the leader designs the vision and mission for the company and
Second, the leader must establish an organizational structure which promotes the vision, mission and empowers the employees to keep the forward movement in the organization.
In creating the structure various factors must be considered.
- First and foremost is the purpose of the company or organization. What type of structure will best accomplish that goal? Certainly a company like UPS needs a somewhat rigid structure that is set up to focus on procedure and time sensitivity. Since UPS has as its goal to get the correct parcels to the right customers in the fastest possible way, variance in procedures or ways of accomplishing the tasks would not work well. A tight delineated structure is imperative.
- Along with the purpose the leader must look at the vision of the organization. Where does the leader want the organization to go? How best can the structure provide for the future? Will the vision call for expansion into other countries or simply call for product development changes? Does a leader plan a structure that can easily grow in size without harming its integrity or one that focuses on the best way to make new products? Also, vision must be built into the organizational structure.
- The people who make up the organization, their jobs and the decision making authority should be considered. The authority must flow and make the organization respond favorably to the decisions and changes that are needed to move the organization forward toward the vision while making sure stability continues to keep tasks on track. This is tricky because the leaderâ€™s job here is not to tell the manager what procedures to use or make but rather to set up a structure and authority to make it possible for them to develop those procedures, etc.
- The structure should be people centric focuses on how people will best work together to get their jobs done while still focusing on the vision and the necessary change that is inevitable to keep the business alive in the 21st Change is the operative word.
- Budget is a major consideration in the present and in the future.
- Finally, environment factors like sustainability and knowledge management will need to be considered in developing the structure.
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