A corporation that was
originally established as a commercial printing company has diversified to
include an array of services including digital printing production, mailing
services, and order fulfillment. The corporation prides itself on using
creative methods and having a knowledgeable team with a strong desire to work
together to satisfy customers’ needs. It has a tradition of excellence, and
many people in the field credit the current CEO as a major contributor to the
Executive A is the chief
executive officer (CEO) of the corporation. Colleagues describe the CEO as
driven, fiercely ambitious, and entirely focused on the success of the company.
When Executive A became CEO several years ago, the company was losing more than
two million dollars a year, and its stock had plummeted to $23 a share. During
Executive A’s tenure the stock has risen 128%, and the company posted a profit
during the second quarter after Executive A became CEO. The media has hailed
Executive A as the reason for the corporation’s success. Executive A shies away
from the attention and often gives credit for the company’s success to other
leaders in the organization. Executive A is quick to accept responsibility for
mistakes and poor results and takes pride in developing strong leaders within
Executive A is planning to
retire within the next two years. Leader B and Leader C are both considered in
the running to take over as CEO.
Leader B has worked closely
with Executive A and values Executive A’s ideas and long-term vision. Leader B
establishes clear goals by clarifying role and task requirements and
continually guiding subordinates in the direction of these goals. Leader B
believes in a clear chain of command and in rewarding good performance and
recognizing employee accomplishments. Leader B also believes that when a task
is delegated to a subordinate, the subordinate is fully responsible for that
task. Leader B considers the subordinate to be personally at fault when things
go wrong with a delegated task and issues punishment for failures. Leader B
also rewards subordinates for their successes.
Leader C also values the
missions and goals established by Executive A. Leader C encourages followers to
transcend their own self-interest for the good of the organization. Leader C
believes that people can achieve great success when they are inspired and
passionate about a vision. Leader C continually sets high expectations for
subordinates, instills a sense of pride in the corporation in all employees,
and takes pride in instituting a rational approach to problem-solving at the
corporation. Leader C tries to remember employee’s birthdays and other special
events and prefers that employees see their leader
a coach or a mentor instead of their manager.
Write an essay (suggested
length of 2–4 pages) in which you do the following:
A. Identify the leadership
style of each of the three leaders in the given scenario
(Executive A, Leader B, and Leader C) as transactional, transformational, or
1. Justify your identification
of Executive A’s leadership style using specific examples from the scenario.
2. Justify your identification
of Leader B’s leadership style using specific examples from the scenario.
3. Justify your identification
of Leader C’s leadership style using specific examples from the scenario.
B. Identify how the leadership
style of Leader B would be likely to affect the employees’ and corporation’s
performance if Leader B were appointed as CEO when Executive A retires.
C. Identify how the leadership
style of Leader C would be likely to affect the employees’ and corporation’s
performance if Leader C were appointed as CEO when Executive A retires.
D. When you use sources,
include all in-text citations and references in APA format.
Note: For definitions of
terms commonly used in the rubric, see the attached Rubric Terms.
Note: When using sources to
support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include
APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any
direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were
consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper
Note: No more than a
combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely
paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style,
please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions
P. & Judge, T. A. (2007). Organizational behavior. (12th ed.). Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.