Leading

Leading

The leadership is extremely important in the contemporary world and the effectiveness of the leadership can, to a significant extent, define the effectiveness of the performance of the entire organization. On the other hand, the inability of leaders to organize and manage the functioning of the organization effectively often leads to the deterioration of the performance of the organization and may lead to a profound internal crisis. In this respect, the case of King/Drew Medical Center is particularly noteworthy because the inability of the administration of the center to organize its functioning effectively resulted not only in internal problems but also led to deaths of patients, who could have survived if they had received a proper medical aid in time. In such a way, it is obvious that the effective leadership is crucial in the contemporary world.
Basically, contemporary leaders should possess a wide range of traits and qualities that contribute to their effective work and management of organization. First of all, it should be said that the contemporary leader should possess such traditional leadership traits as charisma, the power to untie people and convince them to support decisions taken by the leader. In such a way, these traditional traits allow the leader to get the authority which is based not on his formal power but on his personal power, his charisma (Pinkerton, 2000). In such a context, the formal authority of the leader should rather complementary than the dominant authority.
On the other hand, the contemporary leader should be also able to manage effectively the entire organization. This means that the contemporary leader should develop trait and qualities which are rather typical for a manager than a leader. In this respect, it should be said that the contemporary leader should be able to plan, develop effective strategies, manage and control the performance of the organization and its development (Coddington, et al., 2000). In fact, these are key characteristics of the effective manager and, today, they are essential for a leader as well because purely leadership traits are not sufficient for the effective management.
In this respect, the case of King/Drew Medical Center proves the fact that the inability of leaders to manage the organization effectively, which is the inability to be effective managers, leads to the deterioration of the performance of the organization. In fact, it is the poor management that was the main cause of the problems that have struck King/Drew Medical Center. One of the major problems of the medical center was the poor organization of the work of the personnel and the employment of specialists whose qualification was very low. The restructuring of the organization resulted in the consistent job cuts which led to the employment only well-qualified personnel. Obviously, if such restructuring took place earlier, deaths of patients and ineffective performance of the medical center could have been avoided.
Thus, in conclusion, it is possible to say that the failure of leaders to manage the organization effectively can lead to extremely negative outcomes, especially in the healthcare setting, as it was the case of King/Drew Medical Center.

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