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Organizational Leadership 56
Theme one is to define the four major qualities necessary to be a successful 21st century leader. Adaptability (change leader), knowledge management, sustainability, cultural diversity, gender, and generational diversity
Learning Activity 1
Augustina Artos, a 25 year old female graduate of Harvard Business School, has just been appointed to the job of Director of Finance in a medium size business. Her immediate junior in the business, Jacob Jones is a 53 year old long term employee of the business. He was passed over for her job.
Referencing this week’s material create the opening interview between Artos and Jones on her first day. Identify all the issues that might be suggested by this fact pattern. In your conversation with Jones be sure to have Artos deal with all the identified issues using her “leadership relationship building skills”.

Learning Activity 2
Top executives and board members of a large international bank in New York are meeting to consider three finalists for a new position. The winning candidate will be in a high- profile job, taking charge of a group of top loan officers who have recently gotten the bank into some risky financial arrangements in the Middle East. The bank had taken a financial bath when the dollar dove in the past few years especially in their Yemen office because of their risky loans. The board voted to hire someone to directly oversee this group of loan officers and to make sure the necessary due diligence is done on major loans before further commitments are made. Although the bank prefers for decisions to be made as close to the action level as possible, they believe the loan officers have gotten out of hand and need to be reined in. The average age of the all-male group is 39. The effectiveness of the person in this new position is considered to be of utmost importance for the bank’s future. They are also aware that certain cultural differences have made the problem even harder to solve. They need a candidate who will know how to work with the Yemen employees and has some knowledge of the customs and language of the country. After carefully reviewing résumés, the board selected six candidates for the first round of interviews, after which the list of finalists was narrowed to two. Both candidates seem to have the intellect and experience to handle the job. Before the second-round interview, the board has decided to ask you to devise a set of questions that will help to elicit the information as to how familiar the candidates are with handling the cultural diversity issues the job will present. For your information one candidate is female the other male. The male candidate is 34 while the female is 36. Both candidate are attractive and single. In addition to the reading for the week you may want to research on the internet some of the cultural bias issues unique to the Yemen culture. (Hint consider women in the Arab workplace).

Theme THREE is simply how do you empower people The student should differentiate motivation from empowerment. It might also be useful to go back to week one and review the idea that motivating followers is really a better tool for the manager rather than the leader because it can be specific in nature and answer an intrinsic or extrinsic need of the follower. Empowerment is the tool of choice for the leader primarily because it must be insured through the organizational structure and culture. The leader is creating structural empowerment and building trust to keep the vision and future clear for forward motion.

Learning Activity 3 (leader-follower relationship)
leader-follower relationship Web Link:

Go to this site and complete the activities and then post per the instructions on the eighth slide

Learning Activity 4
Answer the following questions and support your answers from the weekly reading:

If a leaders job is to develop the future of the organization how does motivation and empowerment fit in to this role Be sure to explain the difference between the two ideas and ways that both motivation and empowerment should be used in the job the leader does.

Why is it important for the leader to empower Why can’t the manager do the job OR do they both do the job

What is meant by structural empowerment Why is it important to the leader

Learning Activity 5
Research telecommuting and flat organizational structures and how they serve to encourage or not encourage employee satisfaction.

Discuss your supported observations.


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