Previous week, we looked into the
advantage of the principle of management that underscores the Unity of Command.
We will see some more advantages of this
crucial principle of management.
Under all circumstances, man has to live
with and in relationships. Home is built of intimate relationships and a
workplace thrives on professional relationships. Of late, relationship
management is catching attention of all the industries that mean to sustain.
The Principle of the Unity of Command in a way is a tool that facilitates
improvement in human relationships. With the necessity to obey the command of
the Superior, all employees realize the significance of coordinating between
themselves to achieve the goal, set by the Superior which in essence is the
goal of the management.
All employees are not and cannot be
uniformly efficient and even one employee cannot be always efficient under all
circumstances. Being together and moving together help the employees know their
strength and their weakness, a fundamental quality required for further
improvement of one’s efficiency. So,
while honestly complying with the principle of the Unity of Command, the
employee learns the virtue of human interpersonal skills that teach him through
direct experience in contrast to academic knowledge not only how to do a
professional job but also how to live with other human beings. In effect, the principle
of the Unity of Command promotes better coordination which also implies
necessary control, born out of understanding of the present situation.
It also proves another fact about the
management: namely, management is a continuous process. It is not that it sets
a goal and struggles to achieve it and having achieved it sooner or later,
turns static, frozen and dead. It is a continuous process that has no ending;
being in the business is all that matters.
While trying to follow the command of
the leader in all earnestness, the employee develops necessarily socializing
skill which integrates him with others. It is not that whatever good he learns
he leaves back when he leaves the workplace at the end of the day and forgets
them at home; even at home, the socializing spirit continues resulting in
firming up the intimate relations that make home. What begins at the workplace
continues at home as well. He is an excellent member of a team that works for
the management and also an excellent member of the house leading all to the
goal of the family: happy living.
Basically, he learns the inevitable significance of team work, be it in
the workplace or in the place for which he goes for work.
There are some more to see in this principle of
the Unity of Command which we will take it up in our next session. Meanwhile,
have you ever felt, strongly, the bond of a team in you? Can you be totally
single without belonging to any team any where? Is not your chosen group of
friends a team of your voluntary choice?