GROUP 7A. What are the general functions of a leader? Briefly describe each function; discuss what is wrong it a firm that ceteris paribus has i. ten vice presidents, all at the same level ii. Does not criticize its employees. What are the general functions of a leader?.
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Briefly describe each function.
It is not possible for all members to directly deal with other groups. The leader assumes the role of representative of the group in its external relations. All communications are channeled through the leader.
The leader has a very important function of coordinating the activities of the group. So a leader in his executive capacity does not carry out work but assigns it to the employees, as well as sees the proper execution of the policies. A leader may also decide to be personally involved in the firm’s operations as he deems fit.
The leader functions in the capacity of the planner too. He decides what ways and means are to be adopted to achieve the objective of the firm. He plans the activities of the firm in such a manner that the goal of the firm may be achieved through proper steps being undertaken at the present and also in the future.
Leaders are the sources of readily available information and expertise. The leader must therefore, be quite a capable individual. The leader’s acumen on the firm and its operations must be high. Normally, the leader is the one that has and demonstrates the greatest technical knowledge.
The leader has to function as the controller of internal, interpersonal relations, among the members of the group. He raises the moral standard of his employees and wishes that there will be an establishment of good relations among the members of the firm.
If there are certain conflicts and discussions in the firm, the leader acts an arbitrator and mediator. He gives his judgement regarding the ways in which the conflict can be resolved. His task is not merely that of a judge but an advisor to the employees also.
Normally, vice-presidents, being part of top management enjoy high remuneration. Thus, paying 10 vice-presidents would result in a huge drain in the financial resources of the firm which could have been channeled into other profitable ventures or projects.