Every leader possesses specific qualities that assist in leadership. A leader attains high passion, will power, managerial skills, motivation, dedication, and shares success with his/her followers. He showed high persistence in following the traits. This section mainly focuses on leadership qualities of Darwin Smith.
According to the given case, Darwin Smith attains immense leadership qualities. Similarly, Mr Smith was a passionate leader. Despite, being diagnosed with nose and throat cancer, the dedication towards the work do not minimized. With his high will power, he had transformed the Kimberly- Clark into a leading business entity. He was a symbol of motivation as once he lost his finger but did not give up. He was highly dedicated towards his duty and had served the Kimberly-Clarks for more than 20 years. After gaining success for ‘Kimberly –Clarks’, he dedicated the success to his work force. Thus, he has the quality of sharing success.
He is persistent in his duty, as he keeps only those employees that fulfil his requirement. He did not settle for less as had brought the Kimberly Clarks to greater heights of success. For example, Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple Inc.) is one of the recognized leaders as he is inbuilt with leadership qualities like high will power, motivation, and managerial skills. As a true leader, he aims for excellence, exceptional performance and develops unity and integrity (Rashid, 2017).
The above discussion states that Darwin Smith possessed various leadership qualities. Therefore, it is concluded that he was a true leader.
Great leaders are born. They are inbuilt with leadership qualities. The discussion mention below emphasized on the statement of ‘great leader are born’.
After assessing the personality of Darwin Smith, it states that leaders are born. Similarly, great man theory and trait theory also emphasizes that leaders are born but not made (Hyacinth, 2014). As per the given case, Mr Smith attains specific leadership from the initial age only. He studied at night school and works in the day shift. Thus, it clearly states that from the beginning he was a hardworking individual. Mr Smith once lost a finger while performing a job. However, he does not gave up and continued his schooling and job. Thus, it depicts that from the initial phase, he was dedicated and attains high motivation for his work and education. Besides that, Nelson Mandela, a revolutionary political leader depicts that great leader are born (Dhliwayo, 2017).
Hence, the above discussion and the example of Nelson Mandela conclude that leaders are born but not made.
A leader relies on specific leadership style to lead in an organization. The section mentioned below focuses on the nature of leadership style attained by Mr Darwin Smith.
According to the personal understanding, participative leadership style is followed by Darwin Smith. A participative leader leads its followers by setting an example rather than fear and punishment. He acts as the moderator, encourager and motivator (Murari, 2015). Similarly, Mr Smith never used the means of threat and punishment to retain best output from the subordinates. Additionally, he involves the subordinates in its work process and often gave them credit for the success of Kimberly-Clarks. Even after making ‘HUGGIES’ as the number one brand, he was free from arrogance and pride. Considering Darwin Smith example, it is justified that every leader relies on specific leadership style.
It is analyzed that Darwin Smith matches the leadership style of a participative leader. Thus, it concludes that nature of Darwin Smith leadership style is similar to participative leadership style.
Any individual following the leadership style of Mr Smith must attain the skills of a participative leadership style. The discussion mentioned below emphasize on the skills that must be possessed by an individual to be the genre of Darwin Smith.
Mr Smith motivates the subordinates to participate in the decision making process. Despite motivation, he should frame strategies for short-term participation. This will help in developing a sense of belongingness among them. He must consider the suggestions and ideas given by the individuals with low authority. Despite these qualities, he should be honest, intelligent, courageous, and creative in his work process (Snyder, 2010). For example, Jim Lentz, the CEO of Toyota North America Inc. is also one of the participative leaders as he has the similar skills including high motivation (Futureofworking, 2019).
An individual should have motivational skills, welcome ideas, thoughts and involve subordinates in the decision making process. Thus, it is concluded that possessing these qualities is must for an individual to be considered as a participative leader.
Leadership styles are largely universally accepted. This section provides an example from a real world of similar leadership qualities possessed by Darwin Smith.
It is possible to have leadership qualities possessed by Darwin E. Smith. Donald Trump is the recognized real world example that depicts similar leadership qualities. He is the current president of United States. As a business leader, he was an encouraging person to his subordinates. He considers the opinion of other individuals (with low authority) in its decision. He had nurtured various creative and innovative ideas of its subordinates. His traits make it easy for the subordinates in sharing their ideas with him. Thus, he sets a perfect example of participative leader (Hoel et al., 2010).
Hence, the example of Donald Trump clearly states that it is possible to have leadership qualities similar to Darwin Smith.
Case study 2
Every individual attains diverse characteristics by nature. This section provides an insight of nature and personality of Yvon Chouinard.
Similarly, Yvon Chouinard was hardworking and risk taker. He has a nature of not settling for less. He attains high concern for the ecological environment and lays prior significance in maintaining democratic spirit in the company.
Yvon Chouinard matches the leadership personality of Laissez-fair leadership style. This leadership style is characterized by offering minute guidance, high degree of freedom, power and prominence to the workforce. (Chaudhry & Husnain , 2012). For example, Yvon Chouinard has also given high liberty to its employees based on their dress code, shift timing, and working pattern. He gave equal importance to its employee, highly values its employees, by providing them a stress free work environment. For example, a recognized icon, Queen Victoria sets the example of Laissez-fair leadership style (Futureofworking, 2019).
Hence, it is concluded that Yvon Chouinard was an altruistic individual attaining the leadership personality of Laissez-fair leadership style.
This section will state that whether it is possible to become a leader when confronted with situation. It also focuses on various leadership skills essential to emerge as a leader.
By taking the example of Yvon Chouinard, it is possible to become a leader when confronted with situations. To emerge as a true leader, an individual must follow the specific leadership skills of Yvon Chouinard. Similar to Yvon, an individual should have high degree of management skills as it will assists in controlling the lower authority. He should develop teamwork and lay equal attention to each subordinate. He should have the ability of making right choices, enhancing employee morale, providing the right solution, and developing unity in the workplace.
Hence, it concluded that it is possible to become a leader when confronted with situations. Additionally, high managerial skills and ability to choose are some of the essentials to emerge as a true leader.
There are numerous factors and situations that need to consider exhibiting the leadership quality of Yvon Chouinard. This section will provide an insight of possible situations and factors that need to be considered.
In order to deliver high work liberty like Yvon, a prior attention should be given in raising hardworking employees. As they will not misuse the given freedom and will fulfils their assigned duty or responsibility within a given time frame. Thus, to exhibit the similar leadership quality, an individual must attain the leadership skills of Yvon Chouinard. Considering the example of Yvon Chouinard, it should be examined that employees attains effective and adequate knowledge to individually perform the business operation. Additionally, the current financial situation of the business entity should be studied. To adopt the similar leadership quality, a business should be in fine position.
Thus, the above section concludes that high consideration towards the above factors and situation will assist in exhibiting the Yvon leadership quality.
Leadership theories are mostly universally applicable. In the present globalized and competitive world, the Laissez-fair Leadership style is applicable. This section focuses on a real life example of Laissez-fair Leadership.
For example, this leadership style is followed by Mark Zuckerberg (CEOMZ, 2019). He is the founder of a well-known social media website named ‘Facebook’. He provides high degree of freedom to its employees. Its employees have the freedom to try different things. His employees performed their work in a highly relaxed environment. To be easily approachable, he had glass walls for his office. He is not precise for its employees dressing sense (Kux , 2019). Thus, Mark Zuckerberg leadership style has benefitted in raising the satisfied employees.
Hence, the given example concludes that Laissez-fair Leadership style is prevalent in current globalized world (Peck , 2019).
Every leadership style offers multiple advantages as well as disadvantages. This part emphasizes on the benefits and limitations of the Laissez-fair Leadership style.
As mentioned above, Yvon Chouinard was a follower of Laissez-fair Leadership style. This leadership style has its own pros and cons. It provides high degree of freedom to the employees, helps in enhancing the individual leadership skills, encourages new ideas, creates the environment of independence (Cherry, 2019). Considering the example of Yvon Chouinard leadership, employees experience high degree of freedom in the workplace. They dressed as per their wish. They also encounter freedom with their shift timing. As the employees individually perform their task, it enhances their knowledge and developing leadership skills among them. Chouinard employee’s experiences high benefits and results in better satisfaction level. Thus, its satisfied employees have assisted the Yvon Chouinard in building higher profits for Chouinard. Every leadership style has its cons. Similarly, Laissez-fair Leadership style drawback is that it downplays the role of the leader on the team. It allows the leader to avoiding the duties and responsibilities. It develops the possibility of high business risk. It can also be abused by employees (Kotur & Anbazhagan, n.d.). However, such shortcomings have not faced by Yvon Chouinard.
Hence, it is concluded that there are immense advantages and disadvantages of following Yvon’s Laissez-fair Leadership style.
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