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Applied Research Technologies Essay

1197 words - 5 pages


“Applied Research Technologies, Inc.”

Phyllis A. Clayton

Professor: Dr. Hakim B. Allah

Project Management Leadership BUS 518

July 21, 2012

“Applied Research Technologies, Inc.”

1. Determine the leadership style that Peter Vyas exhibited as he considered the group’s proposal and provide examples of his behavior.
Of the four leadership styles, participative, consultative, delegative, and directive, discussed in Lewis’ book Project Leadership, Peter Vyas exhibited a participative leadership style. The manner and approach Peter Vyas used when providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating his team exhibited traits of a ...view middle of the document...

2. What leadership style did Vyas’ boss, Cynthia Jackson, exhibit as she considered the proposal?
Based on Hersey and Blanchard leadership styles in Figure 6.2 on page 82 of Lewis’ Project Leadership book, Cynthia Jackson was definitely exhibiting a Quadrant 4 Delegative leadership style. Her style was low directive and low supportive (LD, LS). Ms. Jackson did not get granular with how to turn the Filtration Unit that was losing 6 million dollars per year into a profit realizing unit. Ms. Jackson simply explained to Vyas what had to be done for the continued existence of the Filtration Unit.
Although Ms. Jackson did not get directly involved in the when, what, and how of the project, RIMOS, she readily gave feedback to the team as they presented each of the three phases, General Product Concept and Market Analysis, Technical specifications and Prototype, and the Business Plan, documentation to her for review and approval. She advised the team of what elements of support were weak and what was needed to support their recommendations (Custom Book, 2011).
After all three phases has been approved, the next step is deciding at Vyas’ level and Ms. Jackson’s level to go forward with funding this project. Ms. Jackson would have to make the ultimate supporting decision as to whether the Filtration Unit is really a “drain on division resources and that it was time to pull the plug on any additional funding” or to approve and “Go” (Custom Book, 2011).
3. Typify your leadership style and indicate how you would let your team know your response to this proposal.
My leadership style has to be situational. I have a team of seven employees, all different ages, generations, personalities, and skill levels. When dealing with each as an individual, I have to use the leadership style that is most appropriate. One example is working with my new warehouse manager to get the warehouse cleared of surplus personal property. With his background very little direction was necessary, and I could use a more delegative style in that situation. On the other hand, there are directives that I give him that requires that I use a more directive style. Many of the management reports and reconciliations required monthly are different from what the new warehouse manager is familiar with; therefore, I have to train him to do them according to our departmental needs.
Another situational opportunity is during our weekly staff meetings. I will use the participative leadership style to include the entire team determining how we will handle a particular project that has been delegated to our...

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