Organizational transformation happens when leaders are able to impact the culture in a positive manner, and he or she can lead an organization through changes, all while remaining encouraging and ethical. Northouse (2013) defines leadership as a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership ethics is about who leaders are, their character, what they do, and their actions and behaviors (Ethical Leadership, 2016). This case study is about leaders at a Texas plant, and how their leadership style, communication, and ethics affected the organization.
Overview of the Case
This week’s critical thinking assignment is from a case study by Pryor, Humphreys, and Taneja (2011) titled “Transforming the Texas Plant”, and is about a plant in Texas, which had operational problems, as well as union, employee, and management issues. The leaders of this case study are David, the Corporate Vice President (VP) over the plant; Harvey, the Plant Human Resources (HR) Director; Paula the Organization Development (OD) manager, and Joe, a plant manager. The study describes the organizational transformation…show more content… Without consulting Harvey, David defined Paula’s responsibilities and provided her direction. David had an autocratic leadership style, which is defined as a leader that makes decisions without consulting their team members (Mind Tools, 2016). By taking this type of approach, it caused friction between Paula and Harvey. David would have created better results, and fostered collaboration between Harvey and Paula if he would have consulted Harvey to help define the objectives for the plant. Leadership is the process of persuasion or example by which a leader encourages a team to pursue objectives. The leader sets the tone and leads the group or teams to success (CSU Global,