predominately male industry (Nagesh, 2015). Ms. Barra’s superior leadership skills and abilities has been proven over and over again. Her ability to start from the bottom and rise to the very top is proof of her tenacity to overcome obstacles, pursue her dreams, and achieve the very best. Ms. Barra is one of the most influential leaders in the world today, and has subsequently turned GM around. Two weeks following her promotion to GM’s newest CEO, Ms. Barra learned of the faulty ignition-switch scandal that ended the lives of at least 13 people (Muller, 2014). General Motors had ignored safety concerns over the faulty ignition-switches, and subsequently refused a recall. Consequently, people lost their lives because of GM’s…show more content… Although GM lost consumer confidence because of the faulty ignition-switches, Ms. Barra has been able to reignite consumer trust, and subsequently increase profits in the recent years (Nagesh, 2015).
Personal Leadership Development Plan - My Leadership Goals As part of my leadership development plan, it is one of my primary goals to highlight the skills that I’m strong in, and subsequently improve the skills that I’m weak in. As previously discussed, a primary strength is my “Self-motivation,” and my tenacity to continuously pursue the highest performance out of myself and others. Like Ms. Barra, I will use my “Achiever” mentality to work hard, improve myself, and motivate others to perform (Rath & Conchie, 2008). I will attempt to build relationships with peers and subordinates by working alongside them, which will improve my interpersonal communication with them and inspire them to excel their performance (Rath & Conchie, 2008). On the other hand, I must make it a point to improve my aforementioned weakness, conflictmanagement and resolution. This is my second goal in my leadership development plan. Ms. Barra was able to resolve a major conflict within GM, the ignition-switch scandal, by being compassionate and listening to the concerns of others (Muller, 2014). I will attempt to improve my conflict management and resolution skills by utilizing a popular technique called “S-TLC” (Cahn & Abigail, 2014). Prior to engaging