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Write a 1–2 page white paper that addresses the differences between management and leadership and compares the roles of the manager and the leader in relation to the concepts of leading. Integrate some of your own experience into your white paper.

Management and leadership are not the same thing, but they are necessarily linked and complementary. Any effort to separate the two is likely to cause more problems than it solves. However, much thought has gone into delineating the differences. Your style of leadership is influenced by your understanding of the distinction between the two and that understanding is linked to an ability to lead your teams so that organizational and departmental goals can be met.

Competency 1: Evaluate the purpose and relevance of management roles.By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

    • Analyze differences between management and leadership.
    • Analyze leadership characteristics or attributes that contributed to the effectiveness of a manager.
    • Analyze management characteristics or attributes that contributed to the effectiveness of a manager.
  • Competency 4: Evaluate how leading influences the role of a manager.
    • Compare management and leadership roles in relation to concepts of leading.

For this assessment, consider that you have recently been doing some highly important and visible work for your organization related to analyzing and making recommendations for two departments. You were asked to act as the interim department manager when doing that. The executive who asked you to do that work indicated your work has been well received by the executive team, and he would like you to help the organization’s HR department by creating a short white paper related to the differences between management and leadership from the viewpoint of a department manager. The HR team has requested multiple such documents from a select number of executives and managers to be used in upcoming management development sessions.

To complete your white paper, conduct independent research to familiarize yourself with the differences between management and leadership. You may find the materials listed in the Suggested Resources for this assessment helpful, or you may refer to other resources.

You were given a guideline of 1–2 pages for the white paper, and you and your executive manager agreed that your paper should address the following points:

  • Analyze differences between management and leadership, and assess situations wherein one set of skills might be more important than the other.
  • Compare m​anagement and leadership roles in relation to concepts of leading and analyze how these roles might or might not be complementary.
  • Consider a management situation that you either directly experienced, or which occurred in a context familiar to you. Analyze leadership characteristics or attributes that contributed to the effectiveness of a manager and justify why they contributed to effectiveness.
  • Consider a management situation that you either directly experienced, or which occurred in a context familiar to you. Analyze management characteristics or attributes that contributed to the effectiveness of a manager and justify why they contributed to effectiveness.
  • Indicate the research you used to support your work.

Based on the audience, your white paper should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language. Follow APA rules for attributing sources that support your analysis and conclusions.

Academic Integrity and APA Formatting

As a reminder related to using APA rules to ensure academic honesty:

1. When using a direct quote (using exact or nearly exact wording), you must enclose the quoted wording in quotation marks, immediately followed by an in-text citation. The source must then be listed in your references page.

2. When paraphrasing (using your own words to describe a non-original idea), the paraphrased idea must be immediately followed by an in-text citation and the source must be listed in your references page.

Suggested Resources

The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The BUS-FP3011– Fundamentals of Management Library Guide can help direct your research, and the Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

The articles below provide different perspectives on distinguishing between leadership and management, the focus of your assessment.

This e-book, which we have provided throughout the course as a reference, includes an overview of key principles and practices of management.

The library e-books below contain relevant content on different functional areas of management that you will examine in your assessments.

Bookstore Resources

These resources are available from the Capella University Bookstore:

  • Robbins, S. P., Coulter, M., & DeCenzo, D. A. (2017). Fundamentals of management: Management myths debunked! (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
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