General Motors Leadership Analysis

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Introduction It is not difficult to search and talk about great leaders that have been motivating, inspiring, and leading a company to its success while working as a manager. However, do people know how difficult it can be to plan, organize, lead, and control being responsible for one of the biggest automakers in the market, also having to face gender bias in addition to that? The purpose of this essay is to discuss some attitudes towards several situations of one of the most influential North American woman leaders in the current market, as well as to associate her attitudes in those situations with good theoretical practices. The woman reshaping General Motors future “Mary Barra, 56, has served as CEO of GM since 2014, and managed the organization…show more content…
A manager needs to know how to lead his or her subordinates, either by motivating then as already mentioned, or by dealing with employee behavior issues (Robbins, & Coulter, 2012, p.9). This motivation is also increased when there is persistency towards the organization’s goals. Let’s say that, a goal for Barra as a manager would be “making employees happy towards the organization”. So, she has one goal towards her employees, which is keeping them happy and willing to give everything to achieve the company’s goals. But how do you keep hundreds of thousands of people motivated? Many people feel motivated and inspired just by looking to their bosses’ actions and aspiring to be them or feeling that they work for someone that understands them. That’s actually what Barra is trying to achieve when she says that “she hopes to be a model for her employees by promoting her own work-life balance” (Feloni,…show more content…
“You need to leave early because you have a family party? No problem.” – this is what I would expect from a company with this flexible mindset if I was hired by it. However, you need to know that even though the company is opened to let you have your own priorities above your job, you still need to deliver the results expected from your work. So, it seems that Barra wants GM’s employees to look at her and see a model of “I have my job, but I have things more important outside here”, making employees happy without feeling micromanaged and making them more responsible for their own work. I would say that is a great combination to motivates your staff and increase their
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