Individual and Group Dynamics
Roll No.: 1302-074
Ratan Tata was the chairman of the Indian conglomerate Tata Group from 1991 till 2012. Currently he is the Chairman Emeritus of the group. He was awarded Padma Vibushan in 2008 and was given honorary knighthood, the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.
By the time he stepped down as the chairman, the revenue to the Tata Group was 40 times of what it was when Ratan Tata took the chair. Under his leadership, various companies under the Tata group made high profile acquisitions like Tata Tea bought Tetley, ...view middle of the document...
He promised to launch a car having space of Hindustan Ambassador at the price of Maruti Suzuki 800. The car was launched in 1998 and as of August 2008, more than 910000 models have been produced.
Tata also promised to launch world’s cheapest car under the price of one lakh INR. Tata Nano was launched in 2009. The production of this car was marred with controversies relating to land acquisition for car’s production. Despite the controversy, the car was launched in 2009. Another pet project of Tata was to launch water filters which did not use electricity to work. He had rural people’s concern in mind for this.
A people-oriented leader
Under the leadership of Ratan Tata, Tata group acquired many companies. As mentioned above, Tata Motors acquired Jaguar-Land Rover; Tata Tea acquired Tetley Tea, Tata Steel Bought Corus being the major ones. But when a company acquires another company, its employees face uncertainty over their career. Will they be still be employed by the company under the new leadership. However, when a Tata company bought companies, it didn’t face any opposition from the trade unions and political parties. This showed the faith the unions had in the offers given to employees by the group. This was unlike the case when Arcelor Steel was taken over by Mittal steel.
George Smith Patton, Jr.
George S. Patton, Jr. was a general in the US army. He is best remembered for commanding the Seventh United States Army and the Third United States Army in the World War II. His leadership qualities included leading from the front and ability to inspire his troops through his great oratory skills, but his leadership qualities have many detractors.
He participated in the Pancho Villa Expedition and World War I. He established himself as an effective leader during the various campaigns he led during the World War II. During the invasion of Sicily, he led the Seventh United Stated Army and led the Third United States Army in the invasion of Normandy in 1944. By the time the war ended, he advanced his troops well within the Nazi Germany. After the war ended, he was the governor-general of the state of Bavaria and then commanded the Fifteenth United States Army after being relieved of the post of the governor-general.
A transformational leader
“All real Americans love the sting of battle….When you were kids you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players, and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time….that’s why Americans have never lost and never will lose a war.”
- General Patton, his speech to the Third United States Army, Feb 1944.
Patton was an effective and a successful leader. He would inspire soldiers...