“Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company”
Dr. Amine Ayad
May 15, 2011
Discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance.
Leadership is the process of developing ideas and a vision, living by values that support those ideas and that vision, influencing others to embrace them in their own behaviors, and making hard decisions about human and other resources (Hellriegel & Slocum, 2011, p.4). Leadership is guiding people toward productive results to achieve the goals of the organization. It involves influencing people to move from where they are to some new place. An effective leader has the ability to motivate and influence ...view middle of the document...
Recognizing individuals and team differences will help the leader achieve a successful career with the organization. To increase managerial effectiveness and efficiency, leaders must opt to improve operations and technologies within the company.
Discuss Mulally’s leadership style at Ford Motor Company and provide examples of how his actions fit this style.
Transformational leadership involves anticipating future trends, inspiring followers to understand and embrace a new vision of possibilities, developing others to be leaders or better leaders, and building the organization or group into a community of challenged and rewarded learned. Transformational leaders empower followers to make decisions. They are willing to abandon practices that are no longer useful even if they developed them in the first place. Nothing is too good, fixed, political, or bureaucratic that it can’t be changed or discontinued [ (Hellriegel & Slocum, 2011, pp. 329-330) ]. Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, shows the transformational leadership style. Transformational leadership is about implementing new ideas. Since these individuals continually change themselves, they stay flexible and adaptable, and continually improve those around them. The transformational encourages followers by acting as a role model, motivating through inspiration, stimulating intellectually, and giving individualized consideration for needs and goals.
Alan Mulally encourages participation from all employees including executives and managers, and clearly conveys amidst his weekly staff meetings. In an articulated commitment of service to each division his agenda illustrates belief in others that unite the organization. Transformational leadership empowers people to greatly exceed their previous levels of accomplishment. This dynamic and innovative leadership style challenges and motivates an entire organization, top to bottom. Alan Mulally puts passion and energy into everything, from his previous role with Boeing and his current stand at Ford Motor Company. This type of leadership cares about people and wants them to succeed. The result is individual, group, and organizational achievement beyond expectations (Hellriegel and Slocum, 2011, pp.543-545).
Discuss how goal setting helped Ford improve its performance.
Goal setting is the process of specifying desired outcomes toward which individuals, teams, departments, and organizations will strive and is intended to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The goal setting process is one of the most important motivational tools for affecting the performance of employees in organizations (Hellriegel & Slocum, 2011, pp. 192-193). To choose a direction, an executive must have developed a mental image of the possible and desirable future state of the organization. This image, which is perceived as a vision, may be as vague as a dream or as precise as a goal or a mission statement. Executives and managers...