Who's Really in Charge: the Effectiveness of Leadership Styles

Who’s Really in Charge: The Effectiveness of Leadership Styles
LaTonia Thompson
Dr. Charles Woods
Leadership Strategies
July 23, 2013

Google’s 20 percent time program grants employees 20 percent of their time during work hours to do whatever they would like. Employees enjoy on-the-clock sleep, exercise, and even travel. The multibillion dollar company introduced the program as a way to encourage creativity through passion. Many of the products in Google Labs started out as pet projects in the 20 percent time program. And these same pet projects are now some of the biggest sources used by Google clients today (Dubrin, A. 2010). While employees with other companies never take risks because they are not sure if their organization supports creativity, Google employees know that they can always approach their management with new and innovating ideas. The open-mindedness of Google employees creates diversity and displays equality, which is what ultimately gives Google the best search engine title.
Google Management vs. Bisciglia
Google management is relationship-motivated, while Christophe Bisciglia appears task-motivated. Google management allows room for self and company improvement through the implementation of the 20 percent time program. Bisciglia, on the other hand, emerges as task-motivated as he “dragooned a couple of Google colleagues to use some of their 20 percent” (Dubrin 164). Some of the qualities of Google management include kindness, consideration, support, relaxation, and most importantly accepting (Dubrin, A. 2010). The company’s openness to new ideas allows employees to see Google’s loyalty and commitment. Contrarily, Bisciglia’s qualities are inconsiderate, guarded, and distant. He only focuses on what he is passionate about and never considers that the employees may want, or even need, to use their 20 percent time for something other than launching a training course. In this specific case, relationship-motivated leaders are...