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Chapter 6: Managing and communicating ex... > Proactive Work Management

Proactive Work Management

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” (A.A. Milne)

This cluster is all about managers managing proactively. In the academic literature, proactive behaviours are referred to as anticipatory, change orientated and self-initiated; essentially meaning that managers will act in advance of a future situation to allow themselves to plan and organize their work and the work of others, rather than working reactively, or ‘fire fighting’.

A vast body of research in the academic literature points to proactive behaviour being an important determinant of organizational success particularly in dynamic and uncertain environments. This is also reinforced by the leadership literature, which demonstrates proactive work management to be a core component of many of the key leadership models. For instance, taking those explored in Chapter 3, the transformational leadership model created by Alimo-Metcalfe (Alimo-Metcalfe and Alban-Metcalfe, 2001) includes a factor entitled ‘Clarifying individual and team direction, priorities and purpose’ and the initiating structure component of the Leader Behaviour Description Questionnaire (Stogdill, 1963) includes management behaviours of letting g....


  

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