Great leaders have shaped the World we live in today and they are remembered for what they were able to accomplish during their lifetime. The history books are filled with leaders that changed the very nature of something by taking a different road or challenging the way everyone perceived things. Leaders would not be able to accomplish these daring feats without the help of their followers, the individuals in the background giving them their support (Schermerhorn & Uhl-Bien, 2014). Colleen Barrett was able to break through the glass ceiling and led Southwest Airlines (SWA) to become one of the most successful airlines in the industries (Dierendonck & Patterson, 2010). In the following pages will explore Colleen Barrett’s leadership
In his first anthology of poems entitled “Song of Myself”, Walt Whitman reveals some of his views on democracy through the use of symbolism and free verse poetry. His use of symbolism and free verse poetry creates indeterminacy, giving the reader hints rather than answers about the nature of the poem. In the sixth part of “Song of Myself”, a child asks the narrator of the poem, “What is the grass?” (Whitman). Instead of simply giving an answer, the narrator cannot make up his mind, and stumbles on how to explain the grass to the child. Through the use of specific symbolisms, Whitman, as the narrator, explicates his views while remaining under the façade of explaining grass to the child. The views Whitman conveys remain indeterminate and
Frank Blake, CEO of Home Depot, has a participative leadership style that increasingly wins support from business leaders (“Home Depot tries”, 2007). Blake is known for great motivators with reward policies and thank you notes which made him good at both task orientation and people orientation in his management style. Robert Niblock, CEO of Lowe’s, has a balance of task orientation and people orientation with more employee participation and engagement.
The aspects of Traits theory that are relevant to Carly Fiorina can be summarized as two styles that were exhibited by her at HP: “Achievement Oriented”and “Ambition.” Fiorina’s past achievements in business and her well known reputation for being ambitious were among the reasons she was hired by the Board in their desire to turn the company around. For example, she faced greater challenges than most CEOs in having to guide HP through a merger of computer maker Compaq, the acquisition culminating in 2002. It is identified that she was over ambitious in her leadership. A Leader wanting to grow the company is to be admired, but sometimes a company’s culture and resources place practical limits on growth, especially in the short term. Fiorina was caught in the middle; she could not grow revenues and profits quickly enough to meet the Board’s expectations.
Southwest airlines, a company that is known to have strong employee relationships, believes that the happier an employee the better productivity they will have. Southwest Airline CEO, Gary C. Kelly, has stated that in order to have a strong company he needs to take time building strong relationships as well. “Happy Employees = Happy Customers. Happy Customers keep Southwest flying” (Southwest). He created an environment that challenges employees to be innovative which lead to creative solutions. Gary C. Kelly is able to initiate structure within the company, since he had a clear goal and direction for the company employees were not confused. If Southwest Airlines was to change their leadership style to reflect a
After studying American author, Walt Whitman, it is clear that he has had a long lasting impact on society and the lives of authors and artists who came after him. Through works like Democratic Vistas and Song of Myself, Whitman gave American society tools to promote creative expression and the essence of democracy. However, Whitman’s methods had to be adopted over time to touch/bring attention to different social issues. Two authors who were able to branch off of Whitman’s works and ideas were Isadora Duncan and James Baldwin. By analyzing these two important characters of history, we will be able explore two different social issues in two different eras and how Duncan and Baldwin refined Whitman’s approach in order to make a statement in society. It’s significant to identify the importance of these artists because this process is still relevant in today’s society, adapting from Whitman in order to get points across and make a difference.
It is rare nowadays for a person to become the top ranking executive at the same company they intern with. Ursula Burns did just that by doing a summer internship with Xerox Corporation, and going on to become the CEO twenty-nine years later. Ursula Burns was the first African-American women to be name CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and first woman to succeed another woman as the leader of a Fortune 500 company. Ms. Burns had very meager beginnings, she was raised by a single mother in a New York City housing project with two siblings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in
The intention of the following individual action plan is to recognize my leadership strengths and identify areas where I am able to further develop and strengthen my leadership qualities. The challenge within the action plan is to be cognizant of my strengths and weaknesses within the context of my professional and personal life allowing for me to constructively work towards strengthening my weaknesses. The deeper subset to the challenge will require that truth and sincerity of my experiences both professionally and personally be disclosed. The sense of urgency is present and current, I have personally
In his poems and life, Walt Whitman celebrated the human spirit and the human body. He sang the praises of democracy and marveled at the technological advances of his era. His direct poetic style shocked many of his contemporaries. This style, for which Whitman is famous, is in direct relation to several major American cultural developments. The development of American dictionaries, the growth of baseball, the evolution of Native American policy, and the development of photography all played a part and became essential components of Whitman’s poetry.
In 1989, David Packard, the co-founder of Hewett-Packard put into writing the company’s organizational values which was to be used as the HP’s way and also use as a management tool and as a criteria for daily decision making. These company values have been reinforced by the company’s current CEO, Meg Whitman and they are: 1. Integrating critical opposites- to create an organization that sustain its competitive advantage regardless of the
Meg Whitman built her legacy by helping eBay grow from 30 to13,000 employees during her tenure as the company’s CEO (Steen, 2006). Her tenure began in 1998 when the dot com era was about to take flight and as a transformational leader, she took eBay public six months after joining. The company was bringing in $4.7 million in revenue when she started and by the time she stepped down, revenue was at $7.7 billion. Meg Whitman has proven that in order to lead a successful web company, you need to be able to apply some “old” management styles while also adapting to the “new” web way. Today’s technology executives do not have to be computer geniuses, rather strong leaders who will embody the company culture they are trying to create or
The styles and different types of leadership within businesses are important as it will be the determining factor in regards to the survival and success outcomes in which it will have. Hence, this is the contributing factor of why most recently Staples went through several leadership changes. In January last year, a few resignations of several executives happened, which included Demos Parnero, the president of North American stores and online and Otis Pannell, the senior vice president of U.S retail operations (Bonacci, 2016). Both Parnero and Pannell had a long and successful run over their years at Staples, they also proved that this was a company that promoted from within as they worked several positions and moved up the ranks.
It has one of the most closely viewed institutionalized succession plans of any company in the world. This was proven by the smooth transition of CEO responsibility to Virginia “Ginny” Rometty from Sam Palmisano. Rometty is the ninth CEO from the time when the company’s founding and its first woman CEO. This was no exclusion, as Lou Gerstner’s handoff to Palmisano was another good case study on leadership transition.
First of all, Howard Schultz had a clear vision about his company. It is important for a great leader to have a clear vision about what to achieve. The emphasis on importance of employees is the outstanding point in his vision. This is why Starbucks has been investing in their
Whitman's Poem "Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking," is not, at first glance, an obvious love poem. Most readers would probably consider this a tragic poem about death and love lost. In spite of the fact that the poem is about intrinsically sorrowful events, or perhaps because of it, Whitman is able to capture a very unique and poignant portrayal of love. There are three major perspectives to examine how Whitman develops the theme of love in Out of the Cradle, and by examining each reoccurring theme in the poem separately, we can come to a more complete understanding of how they work together to communicate Whitman's message about love.