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Styles of Leadership

Topic: Styles of Leadership

SUBDOMAIN 317.1 – ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR & LEADERSHIP
Competency 317.1.5: Leadership – The graduate can analyze leadership theories,
methods and tools in given situations and select the appropriate behavior of the leader.
Objective 317.1.5.03: Recognize leadership qualities of “level 5” leaders.
Objective 317.1.5.04: Identify the approach that a transactional leader would take to
resolve a given situation.
Objective 317.1.5.05: Identify the approach that a transformational leader would take to
resolve a given situation.
Introduction:
A corporation that was originally established as a commercial printing company has
diversified to include an array of services including digital printing production, mailing
services, and order fulfillment. The corporation prides itself on using creative methods and
having a knowledgeable team with a strong desire to work together to satisfy customers’
needs. It has a tradition of excellence, and many people in the field credit the current CEO
as a major contributor to the company’s success.
Given:
Executive A is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the corporation. Colleagues describe the
CEO as driven, fiercely ambitious, and entirely focused on the success of the company.
When Executive A became CEO several years ago, the company was losing more than two
million dollars a year, and its stock had plummeted to $23 a share. During Executive A’s
tenure the stock has risen 128%, and the company posted a profit during the second
quarter after Executive A became CEO. The media has hailed Executive A as the reason for
the corporation’s success. Executive A shies away from the attention and often gives credit
for the company’s success to other leaders in the organization. Executive A is quick to
accept responsibility for mistakes and poor results and takes pride in developing strong
leaders within the company.
Executive A is planning to retire within the next two years. Leader B and Leader C are both
considered in the running to take over as CEO.
Leader B has worked closely with Executive A and values Executive A’s ideas and long-term
vision. Leader B establishes clear goals by clarifying role and task requirements and
continually guiding subordinates in the direction of these goals. Leader B believes in a clear
chain of command and in rewarding good performance and recognizing employee
accomplishments. Leader B also believes that when a task is delegated to a subordinate, the
subordinate is fully responsible for that task. Leader B considers the subordinate to be
personally at fault when things go wrong with a delegated task and issues punishment for
failures. Leader B also rewards subordinates for their successes.
Leader C also values the missions and goals established by Executive A. Leader C
encourages followers to transcend their own self-interest for the good of the organization.
Leader C believes that people can achieve great success when they are inspired and
passionate about a vision. Leader C continually sets high expectations for subordinates,
instills a sense of pride in the corporation in all employees, and takes pride in instituting a
rational approach to problem-solving at the corporation. Leader C tries to remember
employee’s birthdays and other special events and prefers that employees see their leader
as a coach or a mentor instead of their manager.
Task:
Write an essay (suggested length of 2–4 pages) in which you do the following:
A. Identify the leadership style of each of the three leaders in the given scenario
(Executive A, Leader B, and Leader C) as transactional, transformational, or “level 5.”
1. Justify your identification of Executive A’s leadership style using specific examples
from the scenario.
2. Justify your identification of Leader B’s leadership style using specific examples from
the scenario.
3. Justify your identification of Leader C’s leadership style using specific examples from
the scenario.
B. Identify how the leadership style of Leader B would be likely to affect the employees’
and corporation’s performance if Leader B were appointed as CEO when Executive A
retires.
C. Identify how the leadership style of Leader C would be likely to affect the employees’
and corporation’s performance if Leader C were appointed as CEO when Executive A
retires.
D. If you choose to use outside sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA
format.
Note: Please save word-processing documents as *.rtf (Rich Text Format) or *.pdf (Portable
Document Format) files.
Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the attached Rubric Terms.
Note: When using outside sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the
submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list
for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted
if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.
Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or
closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. Here are some helpful APA
resources:

http://www.apastyle.org

http://www.citationmachine.net

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01

References:
Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2007). Organizational behavior. (12th ed.). Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall

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