Defining Leadership and Management

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This essay will focus on the meaning of leadership and management, why the two concepts are often used interchangeably and which one is the most relevant in the Tourism Industry. In order to answer these questions, it is necessary define the two terms providing evidences and arguments from different authors about the characteristics, roles, similarities and difference. In conclusion after look at all the different points of view, this essay will evaluate the importance of each term in the context of Airline and Airport Industry.

The leadership is complex and can be defined in different ways. The term comes from the combination of two separated words leader and ship, and appeared in the early nineteenth century (Gill, 2006).

Antonakis et all (2004) suggest that leadership can be interpreted the influence that one person has on other people behaviour or actions. One comes to think that leader is a person who is in control of a group or team in organisation, the leaders stimulate and motivate the team in order to give a grateful contribution to the organisation for achieve a better results. This is confirmed by Murphy (2004) who said that leader act as a guide, looking at individual behaviour, also they help organisation look after staff, they inspire and stimulate individual contribution on the development and success of the organisation.

There are greater interest in know if the leadership is something nature, people born with, or is something that people need to learn. Support for this Adair (1997) suggests that normally the organisation expected that, a leader need to have certain basics qualities before became a leader, but also is something that people can learn from experience or training.

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...lso most important managers or leaders need to be concerned on the importance related their communication with staff. A defence of this argument Gill (2006) suggest that “leadership and management can be approached in different ways based on different models of managing and leading”, but a good managers need to understood, exercise and appreciate the leadership responsibility that is expected of them.

Works Cited

• Adair, J. (1997) Leadership skills. 1st ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

• Antonakis, J. Cianciolo, T. A and Sternberg, J.R. (2004)…. 1st ed. London: Sage Publication.

• Gill, R. (2006) Theory & Practice of Leadership. 1st ed. London: Sage Publication.

• Grillo, J. (2010) the difference between leadership and management [online] available at: [accessed: 08/11/2012].
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