Alan Mulally Ford Motor Company Essay

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Running Head: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Based on the Big Five personality dimensions, I believe Mulally exhibits the characteristics of several of these dimensions. He is emotionally stable, in that he seemed very secure and calm when he dealt with the employees, even though he spoke very frankly about things. Mulally was also very conscientious in the way he carried himself and directed the work processes by way of the plans he developed. A third dimension that Mulally exhibited is that of openness. He showed this dimension through his innovative idea of creating plastic cards with the company’s four goals on one side and the company definition on the other (Hellriegal & Slocum 2010, p544). This allowed him to share his vision and expectations with the employees, who had to be on board with him in order to make Ford successful. Mulally’s emotional stability, conscientiousness and openness positively influenced his leadership at Ford. First, because of his conscientiousness, Mulally made notes, talked to employees and studied the Ford company before he arrived to become familiar with how it operated. This detailed process allowed him to develop a strategic plan that would guide his decision-making. Since Mulally was totally new to the auto industry, he knew that he had to educate himself sufficiently to win the respect of Ford’s employees and guide the much needed financial turnaround. His emotional stability also influenced his leadership positively in that it allowed him to remain calm and state his plans assertively without feeling intimidated by the employees who knew much more about the company than he did. His openness was a key factor in changing the status quo at Ford. It was apparent that the strategies the company was using were not effective in getting market share and profits. The combination of these three dimensions made Mulally a very strong, well

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