The importance of management

Managers have the responsibility to take actions that make it possible for people to do their best and achieve group goals.  Individuals usually have their own personal goals they pursue while working in a group.  Managers must take note of these individual goals and lead the team in such a way that individuals can meet their own personal goals.  That way, individuals will be more willing and enthusiastic to contribute towards the achievement of group goals.

The success of all organizations, regardless of size or nature (eg, a private company that is set to make a profit or a charity that is set on service delivery), is to a very large extent dependent on the skill of managers in the organization.  Effective management is important for any organization, whether it is a sole proprietorship, a multinational company, a church, or a sports team.

Often a company that can not cope, fare much better after changing the management team.  Likewise, a change in management can also have a detrimental effect on a company’s performance.

Simply put, it is the job of the manager to ensure that his subordinates do their work effectively and efficiently.  Effective means employees must work on the right tasks to achieve group goals.  Efficient means that the tasks are done correctly at the lowest cost and in the shortest possible time. 


Hannes Kruger, Management training manual.  Written for the Meat Board, Chapter 1

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