Characteristics of Business Leadership: Alan Mulally

1559 WordsMay 26, 20127 Pages
This era has become very competitive and in order for organizations to be successful they need leaders to establish and manage relationships and lead their subordinates accordingly in order to achieve the company’s mission and objectivity. Leadership overall plays a very important role in the success of a company because the leader controls their subordinates behavior. If subordinates have uncertainties that are not directed accordingly it can result in an unhealthy environment, and in turn it will affect the growth of the organization, therefore good leadership is necessary. There are different leadership styles; a particular leader that will be discussed is Alan Mulally a CEO of Ford Motor. Alan faced many challenges and he impacted…show more content…
Alan Mulally implements the business leadership theory of Transformational, to promote individual motivation and group behaviour. (Powell, 2011) In order to follow the leadership theory, the leader needs to establish trust and confidence with their subordinates. From day one Alan Mulally tried to develop a strong level of trust with subordinates, so that they can trust him and the decisions he makes. Trust is a vital role that needs to be developed in order to have an effective team. When trust is developed it also enhances the confidence in its leader. Alan Mulally used this method to apply to the success of Ford Motors. The four attributes that Allan Mulally possess that has contributed to his successful leadership is charisma, inspiration, logic, and flexibility. In order to motivate his subordinates Mulally has worked long hours along with them. His values have been transferred to his subordinates by leading by example, this has inspired them to follow his behavior and achieve the mission and main objective of Ford Motors. He has communicated his ideas to improve Ford Motors from the recession they were facing, with such optimism and excitement that his followers perceived that optimism and followed and achieved all the objectives in mind. Alan Mulally was the only man who risked taking a loan of $23.6 billion US dollars by using Ford Motors assets. (Vlasic, 2009) According to Cockrell
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