Alan Mulally, Ceo, Ford Motor Company 7 Essay

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Assignment # 3:”Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company”

Aboubacar Camara

Professor Doug Earhart

Leadership and Organizational Behavior- BUS 520

February 2011

Strayer University- Takoma Park Campus

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

Leadership can be defined as the process where those given the role of directing are to influence and support people working in the organization to work towards pursuing the goals of the organization. According to John Maxwell, “…leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” Depending upon the situation leaders use the different “interpersonal sources of power” to lead organization or business that they have in charge
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3) They had weekly meetings and sometimes daily ones to communicate feedback.
4) According Hellriegel/Slocum, (2011) “Mulally devised a plan that identified specific goals for the company, created a process that moved it toward those goals and installed a management system to make sure that the company reaches those goals” Hellriegel/Slocum, (2011, ). What is noticeable is that not only he identified goals, but in addition, he installed a management system that could help reach those goals. This is exactly the primary role of a manager. From all the examples given above, I can conclude that Ford’s goal-setting is very effective and therefore contributed to the overall performance improvement of the company

4. Assess Mulally on each element in communication openness including message transmission, trust, agendas and goals.

Hellriegel/Slocum,( 2011) “Communicate, communicate, communicate” Mullaly states.
If I have to asses Mulally on each of the elements of communication openness, this is how I would do it :
Message Transmission: Mulally’s communication is open. Hes a grat communicator and he knows where he wants to take the organization and he made it clear for everybody.
Trust: Mulally as good leader, used his expert power to influence his collaborators. He makes sure everybody in Ford, from the owner to the last employee trust him.
Agender: Mulally didn’t hide his

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