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Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
Leadership and Organizational Behavior-BUS 520
May 13, 2011
Strayer University-Lithonia Campus
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In this paper I will discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance. I will also discuss Alan Mulally’s leadership style at Ford Motor Company and provide examples of how his actions fit this style. I will also explain how goal setting helped Ford Motor Company improve its performance. I will asses Alan Mulally on each element of communication openness and evaluate the effectiveness of Alan Mulally’s ...view middle of the document...
Mulally also has a participative style because with his plan he also reaches out to his employees and executive partners for feedback and insight. But there is no question who is the captain of the ship at Ford Motor Company. An example of Mulally’s authoritarian style is the Ford Taurus. When Mullay found out that the production of the Ford Taurus was deceased, he demanded that production of the Ford Taurus is started back up. Mulally gave a deadline of the next day for the Ford Taurus name to be on a vehicle, and then gave the employees two years to come out with the “coolest” vehicle that can possibly be produced dawning the Ford Taurus name.
Goal setting was a big part of the short term success Alan Mulally has had at Ford Motor Company. When Mulally came to Ford Motor Company he had devised a plan that identified specific goals. By setting these goals, it gave the company something to aim for. When these goals were set the Ford Motor Company started climbing out of debt and making moves to put them in position to make suitable profits when the recession comes to an end.