Functions of Management.
A management position can have several titles, such as supervisor or leader. Being a member of a management team requires a wide range of skills. The jobs a manager or leader must do will vary depending on the place of employment. People tend to think that a good manager is a person who is able to control the other employees, but it takes more to be a good manager. “True leaders rise above their firm's politics and situations, shaping them rather than surrendering to them. Mere managers, on the other hand, give in and become driven by short-term results,” according to Zwicker (2008). The four main functions of management are planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
A manager is responsible for short term and long term planning in an organization. According to Bateman and Snell (2009), “planning is specifying the goals to be achieved and deciding in advance the appropriate actions needed to achieve those goals.” The assistant manager at Special Occasions is responsible for daily planning, such as setting sales goals and creating the work schedules. The assistant manager is in charge of long term planning for Special Occasions, such as monthly special sales and the end of the year deals. After planning the special deals at Special Occasions, the assistant manager must organize the sale items and other employees to ensure the sale goes smoothly. “Organizing is assembling and coordinating the human, financial, physical, informational, and other resources needed to achieve goals,” according to Bateman and Snell (2009). Organization is very important in a business environment since it can keep the business running smoothly. A manager who is organized appears more professional than a manager who is unorganized. After planning and organizing, the next function a manager must master is leading.
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