This paper discusses the role of leadership and how an organizations performance is impacted by leadership and leadership development. The paper discussed Alan Mulally’s leadership styles and gives examples of how Mulally’s actions fit those leadership styles. The paper talks of how Ford Motor Company’s performance is impacted by Alan Mulally’s goal setting. The paper speaks to how Mulally’s communication openness impacts Mulally’s message transmission, trust and agendas and leadership. The paper concludes with the author’s opinion of whether Alan Mulally should continue using the particular leadership he is currently using.
Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
Leadership is a term that is widely used in all aspects or out lives. “Leadership is the process of developing ideas and a vision, living by values that support those ideas and that vision, influencing others to embrace them in their own behaviors, and making hard decisions about human and other resources.”(Hellriegel & Slocum, 2011, p.4). Leaders must be able to lead by example, be inventive, and not be afraid to be held accountable for everything that takes place in an organization. In any organization that has a long track record of success you can find a strong leader. Leaders come up with the ideas, develop the people around them, set goals for those people, and are responsible for all of the outcomes that may arise. This paper will discuss Alan Mulally’s role as a leader of Ford Motor Company, and how leadership roles can affect performances or organizations. The paper will briefly discuss Alan Mulally’s leadership style. The paper touches on Mulally’s goal setting and how that goal setting improved Ford’s overall performance. Finally the paper will asses and evaluate Mulally’s communication openness and the effectiveness of Mulally’s leadership style and whether he should continue with that style. How Leadership impacts Organizational Performance
Organizations must have strong leaders in order to be successful. According to Hellriegel and Slocum (2011), Leadership is accomplishing something through other people that wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t there. Organizations must have leaders that everyone within the organization can look to for guidance, authority, and responsibility. Also organizations must continue to develop leaders in order for the organization to continuously be successful. An organization and the future of an organization can greatly benefit from building a strong leadership capacity (Lockwood, 2006). Many organizations are spending a large amount of capital on developing leaders, Leadership development is training and development programs for all management and executive employees to help develop leadership skills to deal with all situations, and many organizations link the leadership development with business value and organizational success (Lockwood, 2006). Without strong leadership and a strong leadership development program and organization may suffer from organizational decline, which can lead to the organization being closed or sold. Organizational decline can cause stake holders to respond by, disengagement, reduction in quality, denigration via rumors and confrontation (Raina, Chanda, Maheshwari, 2003). Leadership or turnaround leaders must revive organizations through personal change, stakeholder and operational management, and also financial and strategic management (Raina, Chanda, Maheshwari, 2003). Strong leadership is integral to any organizations success, without strong leaders and respect for the organizations leaders an organizations is doomed to fail. Mulally’s Leadership Style
Defining Alan Mulally’s leadership style can be a little complicated. Mulally possesses all styles of a leader. Mulally used the telling, selling, participating, and delegating styles (Hellriegel & Slocum, 2011). However, to begin turning ford...