The Apprentice is a reality television show that originated in the United States on NBC. Billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview", the show depicts a group of 15-18 businessmen and -women competing in an elimination-style competition for a one-year, $250,000 job of running one of real estate magnate Donald Trump's companies. The show led Trump to become known for his fateful catch phrase "You're Fired!". The apprentice season 5, the fifth series of the Apprentice with Donald Trump as the executive producer and host, is not much different from the earlier seasons except for the debut of Donald Trump's children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. as boardroom judges when either George or Carolyn were unavailable. Amidst all the drama associated with each and every season of The Apprentice, there is much to be learnt about leadership from the 16 competing candidates in Season 5. In order to have a better understanding of the diverse characters and their behaviour and to give a more objective analysis on whether they displayed effective leadership or otherwise, it is necessary to look at some of the theories underlying leadership behaviour. Below is the candidates’ group picture,
Below is the candidates’ background,
2.0 Leadership Anaylsis of Season 5 Apprentice
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has been extensively used for over 50 years in an extraordinary wide variety of management and interpersonal development applications (Gardner and Martinko, 1996).
In the book by Robbins and Judge (2009), in MBTI, individuals are classified as extraverted or introverted (E or I), sensing or intuitive (S or N), thinking or feeling (T or F) and judging and perceiving (J or P). Therefore, individuals belonging to the different dimension would act differently according to tasks. Hence, there are no effective or ineffective dimensions in MBTI. Basically, the theory is to describe that there are multiple traits and behaviors in individuals. For example, extraverted (E) which refers to individuals with an outgoing and standout behaviour would function very well in the marketing field.
As for those, introverted (I), as they are reserved, would mainly consist of those who would like to work at the background of tasks and keep a low profile . But for those with sensing (S), they would prefer working or functioning in an environment where there is order and everything is in place. Therefore, individuals with accounting background would probably fit into this dimension.
Elsewhere, intuitive (I) individuals rely on unconscious processes and look at the ‘big picture’ where they would probably be involved in the strategic function in an organization. As for thinking (T) individuals, when a problem arises, they tend to use logic and reasoning to solve it whereas feeling (F) individuals rely on their personal values and emotions.
On the other hand, those that are under the dimension of judging (J) would want control and prefers things to be structured while perceiving (P) individuals are flexible and spontaneous. Hence, based on this, individuals with different characteristics would behave differently from one another.
Based on the MBTI, the following effective and ineffective behavior have been found.
In the episode “The Mother of All Tasks”, Sean was observed and he had the four dimensions clearly shown where he was extraverted (E), intuitive (I), thinking (T) and perceiving (P). For example, he was energetic and got the team to work off their feet when arranging the fund raising event. Moreover, in the planning stages, he had a general overview on how the event would turn out to be and another commendable aspect was, he used logic and reasoning to approach the tasks.
In terms of perceiving, he was ready to...