The Leadership Style Of Henry Ford And The Ford Motor Company

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No one would have ever guessed that a boy born in a farm on July 30, 1863 Detroit, Michigan into a family of six would become one of the greatest industrialists of all times. Henry Ford at the age of 16 left his home to work as a machinist in the city of Detroit. Few years later, he was hired as an engineer at an illuminating company and got promoted to chief engineer after he proved his potential. While he was working at the illuminating company he constructed his first Quadricycle in 1896 and Thomas Edison encouraged Ford to go ahead with his plan and build a second better model.
Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company in 1903. In his years with the company he has had great success because of the leadership style with which he carries
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A leader who uses a consideration structure is “sensitive to subordinates, respects their…feelings, and establishes mutual trust.” Henry Ford focused on to creating a system where skilled workers are able to earn wages while manufacturing automobile rather than just focusing on profits for the firm. He cared for his employees by giving them appropriate work-life balance and making customers feel more valued by saving their money. The workers in the auto industry were paid $2.34 for a 9 hour shift, but Ford changed it to $5 a day minimum wage scheme and he also shaved an hour off their work hour. Ford was man of strong work ethic and considered leisure and recreation as a waste of time but this perspective of leisure changed when his Model T helped him to see the economic value of leisure. He then said, “ People must have leisure to consume what they produce” . Employees had to conform to certain moral standards that included not being able to drink, smoke, gamble or act immorally which would let them be eligible for higher wages and profit …show more content…
Ford exemplifies a combination of Leadership Team Manager and Leadership Grid’s Country Club Manager, which describes a leader concerned with his/her people as a person who gives “thoughtful attention to the needs of the people for satisfying relationships.” Since Ford cared and had empathy for others within the company, he has established a working environment where the employees also focused on the needs of the people (automobile customers), which have played a significant role in company’s success. He maintained the belief that trust, respect, and employee empowerment are essentials in fostering a team environment. Having motivated team members enables you to achieve employee satisfaction as well as high

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