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Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
Clinardus Parks
Ronald Deming
Leadership and Organizational Behavior-BUS 520
May 13, 2011
Strayer University-Lithonia Campus

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In this paper I will discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance.   I will also discuss Alan Mulally’s leadership style at Ford Motor Company and provide examples of how his actions fit this style.   I will also explain how goal setting helped Ford Motor Company improve its performance.   I will asses Alan Mulally on each element of communication openness and evaluate the effectiveness of Alan Mulally’s leadership style and recommend whether he should continue with this style or use a different approach.
To be in a leadership role you must have an honest understanding of who you are, what you know, and what you can do. Also, note that it is the followers, in Alan Mulally’s case the employees, not the leader or someone else who determines if the leader is successful. If they do not trust or lack confidence in their leader, then they will be uninspired. To be successful you have to convince your employees, not yourself or your superiors, that you are worthy of being followed.   With that being said, leadership has an undeniable impact on organizational performance. Alan Mulally displayed unwavering confidence and swagger when he stepped foot in Ford Motor Company.   When that kind of attitude is seen it becomes contagious throughout the work place within the employees.   When that happens, your employees start to buy into what their superior has planned and everyone is trying to step their performance up to the standard that has been set.

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  Alan Mulally has an authoritarian leadership style as well as a participative style.   Mulally is an authoritarian leader because he came to Ford Motor Company with a strategic plan and demanded that his...