Discuss the inter-relationships between effective leadership, effective decision-making and empowered self-managing teams.

Task
Glaser develops his idea of leadership based on the notions of followership…Superleaders have the capacity to help their followers develop self leadership so that they can contribute more fully to their organisation’s efforts. Team facilitators need to be empowered in order to empower teams.
(Linstead, Fulop and Lilley, 2009: 562)

Discuss the inter-relationships between effective leadership, effective decision-making and empowered self-managing teams. Do you believe that leaders should devolve decision making to self-managing teams? Use examples to illustrate your argument.

Rationale
This assignment is designed to:
• familiarize students with the various theories concerning decision making, leadership and self-managing teams;
• encourage students to discern the strengths and weaknesses of the wide array of theoretical contributions;
• encourage students to use empirical evidence to support their arguments.

Marking criteria
Your assignment will be assessed according to the extent to which it has:
• answered the question set, kept to the topic and covered only relevant issues;
• shown adequate use of a range of academic resources (e.g., journal articles, management books) to support arguments and recommendations;
• taken a critical orientation to the topic, theories and readings;
• built a sound argument using analysis, explanation and interpretation;
• incorporated original thinking based on a clear evaluation of evidence, treating sources critically and acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses;
• provided a well structured, clear and consistent line of reasoning across the assignment, including an effective introduction and conclusion;
• demonstrated readability (this relates to structure; clarity of expression; explanations; linkages and flow; grammar and spelling; use of headings; correct referencing and presentation).

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