Ashford Essay

975 Words Aug 12th, 2013 4 Pages
Business Ethics

Gabe Galbraith

BUS 610 Organizational Behavior

Dr. Leo Smith


Business Ethics

There are many different perspectives on what leadership is. Everyone who writes or talks about leadership tends to have his or her own personal definition of leadership. In an organizational context, leadership involves influencing the behaviors of individuals and groups to work toward predetermined goals (Baack, 2012). Some of the primary qualities associated with leadership are vision, enthusiasm, trust, courage, passion, coaching, developing others, and intensity. Many people discuss the similarities and differences of leadership and management. . John Kotter (1990) argues that
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He had a blunt, critical, and autocratic style that many employees and the public were turned off by this. Nardelli was highly criticized for cutting back on knowledgeable full-time employees with experience in the trades and replacing them with part-time help with little relevant experience.

Many people would call Nardelli one of the worst CEO’s in American history. Looking at his results, Nardelli did a decent job. He took most of his criticism because of his leadership style. He was very tasked oriented and directive. He was never into the people side of the business. He strictly was focuses on the numbers and holding his people accountable.

When it comes to the leadership traits described Nardelli is lacking the social traits of the “great man” approach. Unfortunately, a great deal of research indicates that they are not universally found in successful leaders (Geier, 1967). In the late 1940s, researchers at the University of Michigan developed what came to be known as the University of Michigan Leadership Model (Baack, 2012). Because of their research, the investigators identified two leadership styles: job centered and employee centered (Likert, 1961). Robert Nardelli fits in to the Job-centered, or production-oriented, behaviors. This occurs when managers focus attention on the job and related work behaviors. These type of leaders concentrate on technical aspects of the job, including finding better methods of operation, with the goal

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