“Alan Mulally, Ceo, Ford Motor Company”

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Discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance

Leadership is commonly defined as “establishing a clear vision, communicating the vision with others and resolving the conflicts between various individuals who are responsible for completing the company’s vision” (Kelly, 2009). The most effective leaders are those who can competently organize the cooperation and assistance of all members of the company to accomplish goals and objectives. The constantly changing wants and needs of the consumer have made it necessary for leaders to create strong organizational cultures so that companies can continue to expand into the future. According to Hellriegel & Slocum (2011), Alan Mulally’s leadership has resulted in Ford making some strategic moves. His skills and style has helped Ford to move ahead in the industry during the economic recession.

Ferrell, Hirt & Ferrell (2009) argue that an effective leader is one that is task-relevant and most successful when they adapt their leadership style to the individual or group they are attempting to lead or influence. By understanding the ins and outs of how things should be run within the company, a leader can quickly and efficiently adapt their leadership styles to the individual or group situation that requires attention. According to Ferrell, Hirt & Ferrell (2009), it is widely believed that leadership creates the vital link between organizational effectiveness and people’s performance at an organizational level. Effective leadership behaviors can facilitate the improvement of performance when organizations face today’s new challenges such as innovation-based competition, price and performance rivalry, decreasing returns and market volatility. Discuss Mulally’s leadership style at Ford Motor Company and provide examples of how his actions fit this style

Mulally’s results oriented leadership style has been very effective for Ford Motor Company. His two-way communication has...
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