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Ford Motor Company- Leadership Style

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Ford Motor Company- Leadership Style

Question 1) Discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance.

Leadership is an organizational role, in which a person takes the responsibility of a group of people to follow him to achieve an objective, usually the mission and vision of the organization. (Boland & Tenkasi, 1995) A leader has a charismatic personality and has this ability to make people follow him. It is not necessary that a leader will be a manager, leader can anyone in the organization. One of the tasks of a leader is to manage the performance of his followers, which has a direct effect on the performance of the organization. Organizations are largely dependent on the leaders to handle the employees and train them to give their optimal output. The leader also motivates their follower's and guides them to fulfill their assignments on time. They also come forward to solve any organizational related conflicts of their followers. (Beech, 2002)

The relationship between a leader and his follower is usually very strong because a leader touches the heart of their followers; the leaders do not tools like scolding or suppression like a manager but use the tool of logic and communication to convince their followers on a topic. This makes the relationship between the leader and the follower very strong. (Anantatmula, 2008) The leaders can have a great affect on the efficiency of their followers, level, and quality of output from their followers, determine how well the objectives are met, and control the amount of money spent in the organizational operations. (Anantatmula, 2007) The leaders can make changes in the way the employees are working whenever they feel that there is deviation from the path of organizational goals. Therefore, organizations are usually dependent on its leaders and their level of expertise to achieve the goals.

Assumptions underlying the study of leadership are that leaders affect organizational performance. Leaders through their actions and personal influence achieve change. People who control institutions such as very senior managers come under same assumption. Frequent antidote to major organizational problems is to replace the leader, in the hope that the newly appointed leader would reverse past performance problems. An example of this assumption of part of the replacement sports coaches after one or two losing seasons. Owners or administration of the school, we assume that the leadership acumen of the new coach will significantly improve the ratio of wins to losses. Is this true? Historically, this split. Change has worked in about 50% of cases. So a good organization needs leaders, or is this knee-jerk reaction?

Belief that leaders actually influence organizational effectiveness and morale so believable that very little research and opinions, even addressing this issue. Psychoanalyst Michael Makkobi conducted in-depth interviews with business leaders for over twenty years ago. He came to the conclusion that the organization requires a higher level of management than ever before to survive and thrive. Among the problems he ...
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