Alan Mulallu, Ceo Ford Mortor Company

Alan Mulally, CEO Ford Motor Company

May 11, 2011

Discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance.
Leadership is commonly defined as establishing a clear vision, communicating the vision with others and motivating individuals to complete the company’s vision.   Leadership impacts organizational performance depending on the level of which the leader enables managers and team leaders to plan, organize, control, and act effectively. By accepting authority, responsibility, and accountability, managers can confidently deal with situations when decisions are required to be made. Both the manager and subordinate understand how to distinguish right from wrong by using sound judgment. Also, the leader should identify their own strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan continue to enhance their strengths and strengthen their weak areas.  
Three types of leadership are common in an organization:   authoritarian, democratic and laissez-faire. Each type of leadership impacts organizational performance differently. Authoritarian leadership is commanding and sets clear expectations for employees in the organizational. Democratic leadership encourages feedback and input from managers or employees regarding organizational performance. Laissez-faire is a hands-off approach, where managers and employees work according to their own preference and schedule. This leadership style can lead to poor motivation and work practices.  
Communication is key to success in any leadership role.   Leaders need to address the importance of open communications within the organization. Active listening, questioning, and placing emphasis on verbal and written communications between management and subordinates ensures the company stays on track with the organization’s goal.   Recognizing individuals and emphasizing team differences will help the leader achieve a successful career with the organization.

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