Jack Welch's Leadership Style

1587 Words Aug 27th, 2015 7 Pages
In the era of Globalization, where organizations are struggling to get competitive advantage, a good leader and his leadership style might be identified as the key factors that drive the company to its success. Even though the concept of leadership has changed throughout the years and it is still evolving, it can be defined as “ a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal” (Kruse, 2013). However, how can a good leader be recognized? Which is the most successful leadership style? Are leaders “born” or “made”? According to one of the greatest business leaders of the contemporary age, Jack Welch, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” The aim of this essay is to critically analyse the above quote and to examine Jack Welch’s leadership style in comparison with the most relevant leadership theories, which have been developed over the years.

Jack Welch joined General Electric (GE) at age of 24 and he worked all the way up until becoming CEO at the age of 45. He has been able to turn GE into one of the most successful enterprises worldwide. In order to do that, he adopted a really different approach from the other business leaders; indeed, he focused on the development of human abilities; this process allowed him to drive a change through a big organization as GE (Francis, 2014). First of all, he believes that the key element to…
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