All organizations, regardless of their size or focus, share three common characteristics. First, every organization has a purpose. The distinct purpose of an organization is typically expressed in terms of a goal or set of goals that the organization hopes to accomplish. Second, each organization is composed of people. It takes people to establish the purpose and to perform a variety of activities to make the goal a reality. Third, all organizations develop a systematic structure that defines the various roles of members, and that often sets limits on members’ work behaviors.
Answer the following questions:
- What differentiates supervisors from all other levels of management? Provide examples from your work or education.
- Explain the differences among supervisors, middle managers, and top management. Which level of management do you feel requires the most addition of new skills and why?
- Identify the elements necessary to be a supervisor and the four essential competencies of a supervisor. Provide examples of the four essential competencies in your current line of work or the career you are preparing for. Which competency do you feel is most important and why?
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