Leadership Description

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Leadership Descriptive Situation Introduction As with many large Fortune 500 companies there is always change and restructuring. I am employed with one of the Big Three Automotive companies. Within the last few months there have been several changes in our car and truck departments and in management positions. In addition to the changes in truck there were changes in the car division and people were being shipped from truck to car areas. Our department was the Heavy Truck Department, which included pick-ups as well as sport utility vehicles. If the other two changes weren't enough our company acquired spotlight with media with the use of forced ranking in performance reviewing processes. With these changes for me and every other employee there was mass confusion, dissension, low morale and retention of employees within the company was very low. At this time present management was looked upon for guidance, information and insight.

As Tavis Smiley quotes author and USC professor Warren Bennis, in his book Hard Left, "Leaders are people who are able to express themselves fully. They know who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how to fully deploy their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. They also know what they want, why they want it, and how to communicate what they want to others in order to gain their cooperation and support. Finally, they know how to achieve their goals".

Examples of Lack of Leadership During and after the changes were made there was no communication to the subordinates. Many employees wanted to know where they stood and what was to happen to them now. Management promised the employees that they would be kept in the loop, any decisions made would be in their best interest, any changes that would be made would take place by a...