Allan Mullay Essay

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Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
By Susiver Syracuse Flandez
Professor Kevin B.William
Leadership and Organizational Behavior – BUS 520
August 14, 2010
Strayer University – Cobb Campus

Section I - Introduction:

Alan Roger Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, is a dynamic leader as evidence by his broad range of education and experience. Mr. Mulally began his management style by earning an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Kansas, and a master’s in management from MIT’s Alfred P. Sloan School of Business in 1992. Mr. Mulally accepted a position as a senior
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Therefore, the leader is the critical actor in drama of organization change to achieve the goals (Schneier, 1994). To initiate the changes, the leader must communicate its goals effectively, use its power and engage in political acts in order to influence or motivate the organization managers so that they can succeed. The leader may use three avenues of communication such as vertical, lateral, and external to communicate his or her objectives so that everyone can be clear about the goals (Hellriegel & Slocum, 2011). Upon dissemination of information, the leader is subjected to the five interpersonal sources of power which are: legitimate power, reward power, coercive power, referent power, and expert power. These powers will influence his or her followers act in accordance the roadmap that he or she has created. For example, reward power is major motivator for many managers because they can imagine the pay-off in terms of reward for properly executing the tasks. An ethical combination of these interpersonal sources of power and some organization politics will ultimately impact the organizational performance which will determine whether or not the leader is successful.

Section III –Mulally Leadership Style at Ford Motor Company:

As an engineer, Mr. Mulally is responsible for engineering Ford back

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