The lessons learnt from a managerial roles gap analysis are a good introduction to understand what the managerial job in the real world is. It is believed by Mintzberg (cited in Yukl, 2001) that the manager performs three main categories of managerial roles. Each category represents a group of roles that reflect a specific behavior. The three categories of managerial roles are informational, interpersonal, and decisional roles. The first group represents interpersonal behavior such as the figurehead role. The second group includes information processing behavior. The monitor role is an example for the second group. The third group includes decision-making behavior such as the entrepreneur role. The importance of these roles varies from job to job. The ability to perform these roles defines the success of the manager in his work. Furthermore, it should be noted that the results of the research about managerial roles are based on observations.
Mintzberg (cited in Yukl, 2001) believes that the leader role is important because influencing people, encouraging them, and making the work environment suitable for innovation and creativity are crucial for successful achievement of the aims of the organization. There are several activities that are related to the leader role such as finding the right person for the job, giving feedback on the performance of the subordinates, and recognition of the achievements of them.
The managerial roles that I believe is necessary for future development as a leader are the entrepreneur, resource allocator, and negotiator roles. They are all involves decision making behavior. These roles are required in various work fields where decision making process requires a lot of development and enhancement. The entrepreneur role is needed, for example, in putting plans for business development. The manager as an entrepreneur supervises and guides the process of change in an organized way. He plans for the future of his or her organization in a well regulated process. Moreover, the resource allocator role is required to organize the efforts to do the job in the best possible way. It is very important role in making the strategy of the organization works successfully. Furthermore, he or she ensures that the efforts of his or her subordinates are combined together towards achieving the long-term purposes. In addition, the negotiator role is needed when, for example, negotiating with suppliers of new equipment to assure that the conditions of the contract achieve the goals of the company. In my point of view, the ability to make good deals is essential for successful business.
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Yukl, G., (2001) ‘The Nature of Managerial Work‘, in Leadership in Organizations, 5th ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.