Acosta, Jorge
January 2013
Global Conference on Business & Finance Proceedings;2013, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p1234
Conference Proceeding
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of publications related to the theme: "Leadership in the Company", even many of them assimilate this term with the management concept. It appears to be that the notion of authority, as a formal mechanism of influence seems to be in retreat. However, the available evidence does not give room to argue that this set of studies had resulted in significant progress - qualitatively speaking - on the subject. It can be interpreted as a tendency to simplify and make the concept operational, so that companies assimilate it mainly as a competency to be developed or strengthened, knowing that from this concept it is possible to create value and foster the development of those who practice it. Within this context, some questions arise that tend to lead these firms to argue in relation to its organization, new challenges and paradigms. Firms have become part of scenarios where it becomes a necessity to believe more in their employees, where they are considered a critical resource to complete. It should also be considered that the configuration of the labor market has changed, mainly from the composition and access perspective; structures considered less hierarchical levels and increased decentralization. In short, there are different elements that lead to look at leadership as a kind of skeleton key that would help to resolve - among others - the issues of competitiveness and viability that businesses face daily among other issues. Leadership is not more important now than before, but since the condition of reality has changed for companies, it seems to be that this concept has become the last resource for the business management.


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