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Skills sought for good business leadership

Pertick and Quinn go on to identify different bypes of leaders based on skill sets. There are four groupings or sets of skills listed on page 213 of their text.

  • Technical Skills . These include skills in quantitative and qualitative methods. Rakesh Khurana in his book, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands, points out that much of business research is divided between methods and principles taken from sociology and those taken from economics. One important import from economics is what has been termed by many as "homo economicus," the view described above that human beings are rational self-interest maximizers and, therefore, incapable of altruistic actions or motives.
  • Interpersonal skills . Quinn and Petrick are quite interesting here. Their list includes “emotional expressivity, sensitivity and control, social expressivity, political sensitivity, control and manipulation, affective communication, and persuasiveness.” These strong social skills would not be as important for engineers and other professionals but are essential for business leaders, especially managers. Consider some of the interpersonal skills deployed using the ethics tests we have studied this semester. This would include role-talking and empathy deployed in the reversibility test, imaginative projection of experience as deployed by the harm test, and the ability to imagine and project a moral exemplar into a concrete situation, a skill deployed in the publicity test.
  • Conceptual skills . These include “anticipation of changing trends and opportunities, diagnostic analysis of problems, integrative prognosis of ongoing improvement and/or problem resolution, proficiency in conceptualization of complex and ambiguous relationships, creativity in idea generation and articulation, and sound logical reasoning.” This seems to overlap considerably with the problem-solving framework that we have studied this semester: problem specification, solution generation, soluting testing, and solution implementation.
  • Administrative skills include “effective work organization, prioritized operational obligations, efficient and timely in-basket processing of information, rapid routine decision making, constant monitoring of performance, solid control of financial resources, and sharp attention to detail.” Assigning work tasks, for example, would draw heavily from non-linear, systems thinking. One would have to integrate such variables as areas of expertise, ability to get along with other members of the team, current and previous work assignments, expertise and how this expertise complements the backgrounds of the other members of the team.

Argument that business leadership is built on moral leadership

    Argument that a bad human cannot be a good leader

  • Premise 1 . To argue that a bad person can be a good leader is to relegate leadership to effectiveness, i.e., a good leader is someone who gets things done, no matter what.
  • Premise 2 : But this separates means from ends and reduces leadership to devising means to predetermined or pre-established ends.
  • Conclusion 1 : But this contradicts the lists presented above that leaders have vision, inspire others, and take responsibility for their actions. It also contradicts the idea that leaders envision ends as well as devise means.
  • Conclusion 2 : If an argument leads to a contradictory conclusion, then it must be rejected and its contradictory affirmed in its place. Hence, business leaders not only are efficient but they are also morally good.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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