Every manager has to provide leadership in one way or another. Many have no real idea what constitutes leadership.
The professional accountant is frequently both the manager and leader. An understanding of leadership theory and practice is an important part of a manager’s education.
Robert Blake and Jane Mouton in their Ohio State Leadership Studies, observed that there were two basic leadership dimensions apparent from their research; concern for the task and concern for people.
Blake and Mouton recorded the extreme scores as:
1, 1 – Management Impoverished low concern for production and low concern for people.
1, 9 – Country Club Management low concern for production and high concern for people.
9, 1 – Task Management high concern for production and low concern for people. 5, 5 – Middle of the Road Management reasonable concern for both dimensions.
9, 9 – Team Management High concern for production and high concern for people. (One may wish to draw the grid and describe these scores).