Management and leadership practises were once just a subject for TV sitcoms – the Office’s David Brent, a master of ‘management speak’, was celebrated as an example of all that is bad about bosses.
But recent scandals, such as those concerning the BBC, NHS and the banking sector, have forced the debate about management and leadership up the agenda. Employers and politicians alike are now asking how our public and private bodies should be organised – and how we can prepare the next generation of leaders.
Key to the problem is understanding the difference between management and leadership, says John Kotter, Konosuke Matsushita professor of leadership at Harvard University. He fears that too often, employers use the terms synonymously.
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