Five Minds of a Manager

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Five Minds of a Manager In today’s competitive business environment, effective management plays a crucial role. The article Five Minds of a Manager by Jonathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg, identify some important aspects of effective managers. According to the author, “The world of the manager is complicated and confusing.” Consequently, mangers need to think above ordinary employees. In particular, managers should, think global and act local, collaborate through competitions, be agents of change and maintain order. This paper provides a reflective review of the article Five Minds of a Manager by Jonathan Gosling and Henry Mintzberg. The Mindset In today’s complex management environment, I believe that the mindset of a manger weigh the same as their views and attitude on the job. Certainly, Jonathan Gosling an established scholar and the director of the Centre for Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter provide an excellent view on the diverse talent requirements in effective management. The main issue identified by the author is the connection between leadership and management. Separation of management and leadership is impractical. However not all good leaders are good managers and vice versa. Gosling, and Mintzberg (2003), argues that management without leadership promotes uninspired behavior, which hinders business activities. On the other hand, leadership devoid of management results in disconnect of actions and ideas. I concur with the author’s argument on the relationship between management and leadership. I believe that good managers should be good leaders too. However, most organizations do not enjoy both the benefits of effective leadership and management. In particular, most organizations lack either of these ... ... middle of paper ... ...sect. If the article identifies a seamless integration, between the three aspects, then, the article would have achieved its mandate. I feel that the author has achieved commendable results through the identification of the mindsets of effective management, however I feel that the author needs to emphasize on the need to combine the three factors. Instead, the author has emphasized on the mindset of effective management. In either case, effective management is all about mindset and not the capacity and environment. I believe that although different individuals are gifted differently, everyone can be an effective manager if given a chance. Reference Gosling, J. and H. Mintzberg (2003). "The Five Minds of a Manager." Harvard Business Review (November 2003): 1-10. Hirschey, M. (2009). Fundamentals of Managerial Economics 9th Ed. Boulevard: Cengage Learning.

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  • Analyzes how the article five minds of a manager by jonathan gosling and henry mintzberg identifies some important aspects of effective managers.
  • Argues that a good manager should be able to match appropriate skills to the right task.
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