Submitted To: Dr. Graham
August 3, 2011
1. Discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance. Leadership must create a vision, plan and direction that must be communicated and understood so that everyone knows and understands the unique role they have to play in achieving the stated goals. A good and effective leader therefore, must be able to communicate these in a way that every employee buys in to the vision and direction where the leader wants the organization to go. This means that there is a direct relationship between leadership and performance as seen in Mulally and Ford. Good leaders possess some traits that though, in themselves are not guarantee for success, but are markers that coupled with other factors could bring success. These are intelligence, maturity and breadth, achievement drive, and integrity. (Hellriegel & Slocum, pg.296, 2011). An effective leadership can transform an organization in a tremendous way. Leadership that offers motivation and solicits inputs from subordinates may make a positive change in an organization. Also given a clear vision and empowerment to managers with the same trickling down to junior employees at the bottom, can also impact performance and turn a company around. A goal oriented leadership that creates and communicates goals and direction that the organization is to follow can impact performance and turn around an ailing organization into a viable on.
2. Discuss Mulally’s leadership style at Ford Motors Company and provide example of how his actions fit this style. Mulally’s style of leadership at Ford Motors is a combination of more of Theory X and less of Y leadership styles. It is a leadership that sets goals monitors these and creates an enabling environment through communication, vision, discipline, and strategic planning to achieve results. When he assumed leadership at Ford Motors at a...