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Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company
By Susiver Syracuse Flandez
Professor Kevin B.William
Leadership and Organizational Behavior – BUS 520
August 14, 2010
Strayer University – Cobb Campus

Section I - Introduction:

Alan Roger Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, is a dynamic leader as evidence by his broad range of education and experience. Mr. Mulally began his management style by earning an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Kansas, and a master’s in management from MIT’s Alfred P. Sloan School of Business in 1992. Mr. Mulally accepted a position as a senior vice president of Airplane Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes group in 1994. Two years later, he became president of Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes and served as Chief Executive Officer until hand picked by former Ford Motor Company CEO, William Clay Ford, Jr. as the next chief of the struggling auto giant (http://media.ford.com, 2010).

Throughout the course of this document, we will discuss the role of leadership and how it can impact organizational performance; explore Mr. Mulally’s leadership style as exemplified by his actions; survey how goal setting helped Ford improved its performance; assess Mulally on each element of communication openness such as message transmission, trust, agendas, and goals; finally, we will evaluate effectiveness of his leadership style and recommend whether he should continue with this style.

Section II – Role and Impact of Leadership in the Organization.

In todays down economy and highly competitive environment, the organization must look upon its leadership to assess the playing field, formulate strategies, and unite organizational managers to work towards the common goals of…...

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