What Makes Jack Welch an Effective Leader? Essay

971 Words 4 Pages
What Makes Jack Welch an Effective Leader?

---ideas from the article “Will Legacy Live On?”

Before I talk about what makes Jack an effective leader, I want to explain briefly why I chose him as my study subject.

Why do I like him?

Jack Welch created a new model for business leaders everywhere. His genius leadership and management techniques are an example to anyone aspiring to a successful career. Why is he so famous?

He became the youngest CEO and Chairman of one of America's biggest and most respected companies (General Electric) at age 44, and successfully rewrote the rules of what an incredibly profitable and successful company should be, and had fun in the process.

What is leadership?

To know what makes an
…show more content…
What stays with him was the personality of the man: his passion, his intensity, his energy, his need to engage. It’s not hard for us to find out that Welch has most of the personality which are included in the trait theories of leadership. What we should notice is that the author strongly emphasizes one of his characteristics---his extraordinary passion. It’s what has animated and motivated hundreds of thousands of workers across one of the most complex portfolios of business and engaged them in constructive activity. Jack didn’t use his tremendous passion to control his employees to get things done. Instead, he motivated them and empowered them to achieve the goals of the entire organization. Again, according to the textbook, this is one of the major distinguishing factors between managers and leaders.

• Management Skills

The author of the article describes the “Welch Management Religion” through what he calls “two trinities of management” which are: Trinity 1: Self-Confidence, Simplicity, Speed; Trinity 2: People, Dollars, Ideas. Here, I just want to analysis two elements of them---people and ideas.


When Jack was in charge of GE, he wasn't afraid to change. His efforts streamlined the company. However, in doing so, over 100,000 GE employees lost their jobs. For this, Welch earned the nickname
Open Document