Managerial Situation

Your managerial situation, or the degree of authority associated with your position, determines, in part, the way in which you should interpret the feedback you receive. If you are in a "line" function—that is, a manager responsible for an operational group—you have a certain amount of position power that allows you to manage in ways that are less available to people in "staff " functions. If, on the other hand, you are in a staff function, you have very little position power. Any power you do have is primarily a function of your ability to personally influence others. Thus, the way you manage is likely to be quite different.

Considering your type or degree of authority, respond briefly to the following questions.

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Questions to Consider: Your Managerial Situation

1. Is the power associated with your position clear-cut; that is, do you and others know quite well the degree of authority you have?

2. To what degree can you individually reward and discipline people in your organisation?

3. Your power is, in part, a function of the combination of your position and your individual expertise. Which source of power is the stronger one for you?

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4. Based on your answers to the three questions above, what are implications for you in terms of management behaviours you need to emphasise?

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