Alan Mulally, Ceo, Ford Motor Company

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“Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company” – Assignment #3 Theresa M. Wright Strayer University August 3, 2011 “Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company” – Assignment #3 Leadership is one of the most important roles in a successful team or organization. It is defined as “the process of developing ideas and a vision, living by values that support those ideas and that vision, influencing others to embrace them in their own behaviors, and making hard decisions about human and other resources.” As Noel Tichy, a studier of great leaders stated, “Leadership is accomplishing something through other people that wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t there. Because every human is different, it is understandable that there are different kinds of leadership that can impact an organization. All leaders use their power but the best leaders use this power in a way to better the organization but most of all, the people behind the organization. There are five main types of power, legitimate, reward, coercive, referent, and expert. All of these types can be effective, depending on the organization and its mission. In this case, Alan Mulally was brought in to turn the Ford Motor Company around and back to the successful name brand that it’s been for years. Without a doubt, Mulally had to used legitimate power when stepping into the position of CEO. I recall from the text that on his first day, he asked “Where’s the Taurus?” and told those senior leaders that they “have until tomorrow to find a vehicle to put the Taurus name on.” I feel as if Mulally has a combination of leadership styles. He is definitely driven, commanding, directive, and straightforward, similarly characteristics to the Theory X model, but yet, he understands the need to listen to his employees, through the good and bad, forces them to think, encourages them not be ashamed if their department is

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