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Discuss the implications of the following statement:  The most critical part of a...

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samaree90 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM via web

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Discuss the implications of the following statement:  The most critical part of a manager's work is to justify his great authority and to show the powerful access to information that is evident in his decision making capacity.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that there is some level of validity in the statement.  The justification of a manager's work is extremely vital.  The manager must be able to substantiate that the work being done is reflective of the scope of the authority.  Indeed, part of this is through the dissemination and application of the information that the manager has received, with decisions reflecting this.  Certainly, part of the responsibility of a manager is to ensure that the decisions made is reflective of information that can be accessed and disseminated to subordinates who will experience greater success as a part of this.  I would be more zealous about the statement if the justification element had more to do with actual interaction with employees.  Part of the authority of management has to do with the ability to work with people and work well with individuals, enabling leadership to be able to get the most out of the people who are part of the organization.  Management's interaction with subordinates in terms of assisting, mentoring, guiding them when needed, and even rectifying poor decision making should be included in the justification of its authority.

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