Character Analysis Of Elon Musk's Leadership Style
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2.3 Analysis of Elon Musk’s leadership style
Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors, shows “incredible vision, dedication, and perseverance” as a transformational leader. He continuously strives to make his vision a reality. Often these leaders come into conflict with the leaders who resist change, as Musk did at PayPal. They are also particularly gifted at spotting what is not working more easily than other leaders, (Blazek, 2016) as Musk did with the approved California High-Speed Rail system. (Blazek, 2016) Elon then went on to design and propose his own Hyperloop, using a dozen engineers from SpaceX and Tesla, a system which he says will take people (Blazek, 2016) 350 miles “from Sylmar (a northern district of Los Angeles) to Hayward (east of San Francisco) and would theoretically allow commuters to travel between the cities in 35 minutes or less, providing a shorter traveling time than even a commercial airplane can currently provide.” (Bilton, 2016) Elon Musk is a visionary and a genius, and leaders like him with his most outstanding qualities of belief in his own vision, drive and his persistence, is what makes him so successful.
A transformational leader has four distinctive features, namely, idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration (Judge & Piccolo, 2004).
Idealized influence The major characteristics of transformational leadership include engendering trust, admiration, loyalty, and respect amongst followers