“Management is undoubtedly one of humankind’s most important inventions.” At first sight, this statement is impossible to disagree with thanks to its self-evidence. There would be no states, governments, world organizations, or any other authorities if there had been no need for management throughout human history. Nevertheless, management is not by default a positive thing, but solely on the condition of a correct approach. More specifically, an effective manager should be able to plan, organize, lead, and control.
Actually, one of humankind’s most important inventions is planning as the initial stage of management. Any job becomes considerably simpler with an idea of what needs to be done and how it all has to work eventually. Along with that, a plan itself is worth nothing unless turned into reality. It is essential to organize the implementation of a plan in a proper way so that unpredicted obstacles are minimized. I believe that a good manager has to be able to predict and consider somewhat more than a regular person.
To lead means to inspire at the beginning, reassure in the process, and commend at the end. Reliable leaders are always aware of their subordinates’ motivation and ability to maintain it. This increases the productivity of each separate participant and hence the entire group, allowing faster and more effective work. To maintain things in a proper order means to control, and this is perhaps the most challenging task. Most people can plan, fewer can organize appropriately, meanwhile, very few have leadership and control capabilities. Provided that a manager is one of the latter, management may be called one of the most important inventions because it hastens and simplifies making further inventions.