Charles Handy is one of the great management thinkers. We have already considered some of his work earlier in this topic, when we examined his ideas on flexible workers and the Shamrock organisation.
Handy believes that it is not a valuable activity to try to define management, but it is more meaningful to examine what they do. Handy wants managers to think like leaders and believes they can.
The new manager must learn to specify the measures of success as well as the signs of failure, and must then allow his or her people to get on with it in their own way.
An excellent synopsis of Handy's works and writings can be found in Robert Heller's Charles Handy in the Business masterminds series.
- The Paradox of Charles Handy (you will have to register on the site to access, although this is free)