Case Study Of Elizabeth Holmes And Its Company Theranos

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Register to read the introduction… Which leadership style is being used by Holmes at Theranos? Highlight the mix of various leadership styles found in Holmes.

The first characteristic showing her main leadership style is that she can be very persuasive by explaining her vision and her mission. This means Visionary/Authoritative style.
She is a definitely “come with me” kind of leader, and this is obvious by observing how she managed to bring the investors and board members closely. As Henry Kissinger stated “She’s like a monk. She isn’t flashy. She wouldn’t walk into a room and take it over. But she would once the subject gets to her field.” And she does, when she begins explaining to me the “mission.”” This is good and helpful in this initial phase in which Theranos is on the startup phase and Elizabeth is paying lots of efforts to raise funds and design technical solutions. But it will not be enough on the long run, because it will not cover all the functional factors that are part of the whole business. It will be very effective technically speaking because Elizabeth’s experience, intelligence and technical background, place her ahead
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Do you think Holmes has a life outside of Theranos?

Short answer: No way!
Longer answer: Based on the family and personal facts and characteristics already explained to the first question, Elizabeth was basically condemned to live a no family-world changing performance life. All the things that occured in her life led to this, and her family, specially her father, encouraged her to addopt this life. Of course she is a genius and all geniuses that eventually changed the world somehow lived similar lifes. Their mind is set to achieve the goal they established which is usualy- like in her case, very high and indeed world-changing, therefore all the pleasure in life they need are taken from this activity. They will therefore no need for a family or the usual common things.
My unadvised opinion is that geniuses like her have an obsessive-compulsive mental status, which lead to the necesary determination for being so dedicated to their mission. That’s why they are able to be happy to live such kind of life and not to wish for anything else.
An exception from this rule was Einstein which managed to combine its scientific life with having a family and really live a „mortal” life, while elaborating its theories which was indeed revolutionary. But that’s just Einstein. All other great scientists lived exactly like monks dedicated to their work, as Elizabeth

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