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Contributions from the theory of administration toward understanding the process of supervision: Barth's distinction

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Title: Contributions from the theory of administration toward understanding the process of supervision: Barth's distinction
Author(s): Larson, Lars
Subject(s): Library personnel management Human resources Supervision Leadership Management
Abstract: Barth's distinction is that there are two types of people: those who divide people into two types and those who don't. This distinction is an appropriate one for the study of leadership, a field which consists of many dichotomies. Distinctions are made between leaders and subordinates, and appointed leaders and emergent leaders; between leadership and supervision, and management and leadership; and between leaders who are autocratic or democratic, boss-centered or subordinate-centered, and social-emotional or task-oriented. The purpose of this paper is to focus on one of these distinctions: management as opposed to leadership. The literature on management indicates that only one aspect of management is concerned with leadership, and the leadership literature indicates little that is concerned with management. However, a review of literature on what managers actually do shows that aspects of management and leadership intertwine in the job of the supervisor. In focusing on the manager/leader distinction I will be concentrating on individuals who are appointed managers or leaders in a formal organization. This eliminates concern with emergent (informal) leaders and nonorganizational settings.
Issue Date: 1979
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In H. Goldhor and R.E. Stevans (eds) Supervision of employees in libraries (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 12-15, 1978): 9-20.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (34th : 1978)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/535
ISBN: 0878450513
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-10
 

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