Would you describe Marchionne’s behavior as being task-oriented, or people-centered/relationship-oriented?

LEADERSHIP TRAITS, BEHAVIORS, AND STYLES

 

Case Assignment

 

One of the most surprising recent success stories in the corporate world is the rapid turnaround of Chrysler under the leadership of CEO Sergio Marchionne.  Chrysler went bankrupt during the 2008-2009 automotive industry crisis and needed a large bailout loan from the government.  But Marchionne exceeded all expectations and not only returned Chrysler to profitability within two years but also managed to repay its loan from the government six years ahead of schedule.

 

But Marchionne is not your typical CEO.  His approach to turning around Chrysler has been described as “tough love” and his habits of rapidly hiring and firing senior executives has raised some eyebrows.  Simultaneously serving as both the CEO of Chrysler and CEO of Italian automaker Fiat, he is known as a workaholic and micromanager. Marchionne’s leadership style makes for an ideal case study due to his unique personality, and because there is plenty of articles written about him available in the Trident library and on the internet.

 

Review the background materials on leadership traits, behaviors, and styles.  Then do some research on Sergio Marchionne’s leadership style and personality.  Here are some articles to get you started:

 

Wernle, B., & Ciferri, L. (2009). Life under Marchionne: New stars, hasty exits. Automotive News, 84(6381), 1-1,42. [Proquest]

 

2011 All-Stars: Sergio Marchionne. (2011). Automotive News, 86(6492), 28. [Proquest]

 

Flavelle, D. (2014, Mar 08). CEO aims to steer Chrysler back on track. Toronto Star, Toronto. [Proquest]

 

Wernle, B. (2010). Inside Chrysler’s Mind. Automotive News, 84(6396), 1-1,19. [Proquest]

 

Once you are finished with your research on Marchionne and have thoroughly reviewed the background materials on leadership traits, behaviors, and styles write a four to five page paper addressing the following questions. For each answer, make sure to cite at least one of the Case Assignment articles listed on this page as well as one of the required textbook chapters from the background materials such as Avery (2011), Hiriyappa (2009), or Kumar (2009):

 

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Avery, G. (2011). Chapter 4:  Micro-level leadership theories.  Understanding Leadership: Paradigms and Cases. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 67-75. [Ebrary.  Note: You only have to read the first nine pages in this chapter but the rest of the chapter will be covered in Module 2]

 

Hiriyappa, B. (2009). Chapter 10: Dynamics of managerial leadership. Organizational Behavior. New Age International, Delhi [Ebrary]

 

Kumar, N. (2009). Chapter 14: Leadership.  Organizational Behaviour: A New Look: Concept, Theory and Cases. Global Media, Mumbai, pp. 263-274. [Ebrary. Note: you don’t have to read the whole chapter just up to page 274 but the rest of the chapter will covered in Module 2]

 

  1.  How would you describe Marchionne’s personality and leadership traits?  Refer to the traits discussed in Avery (2011) and Kumar (2009), and consider the common traits listed discussed in these book chapters such as drive, intelligence, integrity, and self-confidence.

 

  1.  Would you describe Marchionne’s behavior as being task-oriented, or people-centered/relationship-oriented?  Refer to Avery (2011) and the Pearson tutorial in your answer.

 

  1.  How would you describe Marchionne’s leadership style?  Consider the leadership styles discussed in the “Types of Leaders/Leadership Styles” section of Chapter 10 of Hiriyappa (2010)

 

Assignment Expectations

  • Follow the assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions, don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials
  • List supporting references and cite sources in proper format
  • Use appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
  • Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide”, which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC portal.
  • Submit an Originality Report using Turnitin.

 

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Module 2 – Case Due 30-Nov-15

 

ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL: SITUATIONAL APPROACHES TO LEADERSHIP

 

Case Assignment

 

For this assignment, first review the background materials with a focus on Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model.  Make sure you are familiar with  the four leadership styles covered in the situational approach including Directing, Coaching, Supporting, and Delegating and situations where you are supposed to use these four styles.

 

Also, familiarize yourself with the more complex Path Goal model and Fiedler’s Contingency model. You don’t need to know these two models in as much detail as the Situational model to complete this assignment, but make sure you understand the main idea of these models as well as some of their main advantages and disadvantages.

 

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Now pick up where you left off in Chapter 4 of Avery (2011) and read her perspective on contingency theories:

 

Avery, G. (2011). Contingency theories: Situations matter, from Chapter 4 of Understanding Leadership: Paradigms and Cases. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 78-86. [Ebrary]

 

Since this is a relatively complex topic, make sure to read up more on this topic with the following readings.  Most of these readings are pretty short but they are important:

 

Kumar, N. (2009). Chapter 14: Leadership.  Organizational Behaviour: A New Look : Concept, Theory and Cases.  Global Media, Mumbai, pp. 274-278. [Ebrary. Note: you don’t have to read the whole chapter just the last few pages]

 

Burke, R., & Barron, S. (2014). Chapter 6, Section 3: Situational leadership. Project Management Leadership: Building Creative Teams (2nd Edition). John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. Somerset, NJ, USA, pp. 88-90. [Ebrary]

 

Williams, M. (2005). Chapter 2, Section 2: Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard.  Leadership for Leaders. Thorogood, London. Pp. 33-35 [Ebrary]

 

How situational leadership works. (2012). Alanis Business Academy.  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbS3samTsOA

 

The Path-Goal theory of leadership. (2012). Alanis Business Academy.  Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRSio5j3Iy4

 

Yeakey, G. W. (2002). Situational leadership. Military Review, 82(1), 72-82. [Proquest]

 

Obolensky, N. (2010).  Chapter 8: What is leadership anyway? Complex Adaptive Leadership. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Surrey, GBR. [Ebrary]

 

Vijayaragavan, I. (2008). Chapter 2: Leadership theories and styles. High Performance Leadership. Global Media, Mumbai, pp. 19-21. [Ebrary]

 

Once you have finished your reading and research, write a four to five page paper answering the following questions. Make sure to cite at least one of the required background readings in each answer, and to cite at least three of the required readings total in your paper:

 

  1.  For each of the following situations, explain which of the four leadership styles covered in the Situational model should be used and explain your reasoning with references to Chapter 4 of Avery (2011) and at least one other required reading from the background materials:

 

  1. You are in charge of a team of architects.  They are highly skilled but have strong opinions and do not necessarily follow instructions.  These architects are independent thinkers who are used to doing things their own way.

 

  1. You are in charge of a fast food restaurant.  The employees are all teenagers who have not yet graduated from high school, and for most of them this is their first job.
  1. You are the supervisor for a team of software engineers.  They are all highly skilled and highly motivated, and are used to working independently.  All of them believe in the mission of the company.

 

  1.  For the above situations, how hard would it be to apply the Fielder Contingency model or the Path Goal model to choose a leadership style?  Would it be easy, or would you require a lot more information about each of the situations?  You don’t need to actually apply these two models, just discuss how difficult it might be to apply these models.

 

  1.  Of the three models (Situational, Fielder Contingency, Path Goal), which one do you think is the most useful for the real world?  Explain your reasoning.

 

Assignment Expectations

  • Follow the assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions, don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials
  • List supporting references and cite sources in proper format
  • Use appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
  • Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide”, which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC portal.
  • Submit an Originality Report using Turnitin.

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