Leadership Plan: American Tool & Die (AT&D)
With any business, it is important that employees have the ability to fulfill multiple roles so that the business can increase productivity, efficiency, and popularity. However, in order to accomplish these duties and set goals, managers and leaders must be present to steer employees in the right direction. A business is only as good as it is led and managed. This is particularly true in family owned business where generations take on the role of leaders and managers through the years. In the case of small-town, family-owned businesses, such as AT&D, the same business plans and strategies are usually passed along generations and used simply because they have worked in the past. While these “family secret” business plans can often help a business in the beginning years, they can begin to fail as time passes. Environment and technology changes as well as changes in the economy often mean that businesses mush analyze and improve their business plans. The ability to start a business with success is a major accomplishment, however, the ability to continue to maintain and improve for decades is an outstanding accomplishment that many business should attempt to achieve. As a family owned business that has earned the respect and patronage of the Farmington Hills community, Kelly Mueller and her father, Vine Brofft must begin to examine and analyze the current business location and leadership plan. To ensure that AT&D continues to increase sales and succeed into the far future, both father and daughter must make changes in the company. While some external changes will need to be made, internal changes that will potentially improve the current leadership style and relationships in the business will also need to be made.
Businesses, whether big or small, strive off of both managers and leaders. To reach success, leadership and management must go hand in hand in order to administer duties, define organizational goals, innovate change, motivate employees, and inspire trust (Wall Street Journal, 2014). While almost any leader can also be a manager, not every manager has the characteristics or abilities to achieve roles like a successful leader. Not only must a leader have set visions and goals, they must also be able to properly direct, coach, support, and delegate their employees. A key factor in identifying an individual as a leader is to first examine personality dimensions and fully understand how personality influences leadership and relationship building capabilities. While there is not “one” specific personality type that is acceptable for leading people, there are specific personality types that make it very difficult to lead individuals to success. Looking closely at the characteristic traits of Ms. Mueller and Mr. Brofft, it is clear that they are quite different. In the case study, Mr. Brofft is stubborn, close-minded, and negative in connection to making business changes. On the other hand, Ms. Mueller is accepting of the current business fears and honest to the fact that AT&D could fear bankruptcy. Unlike her father, Ms. Mueller is confident, committed, positive, intuitive, consistent, and enthusiastic about making business changes. Each of the traits listed are traits that can be seen in successful leaders. It appears that while Mr. Brofft is a good manager, Ms. Mueller is the better business leader. If Ms. Mueller is able to connect with Honda and Toyota as a new business partner in the new location, she will be able to lead her team to success by easily being able to motivate and encouraging her employees. At the end of the day, employees appreciate and respect the goals and values of leaders that are honest, trusting, knowledgeable, and positive. Current Leadership Role and Organizational Culture Differences...
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