Tony Fernandes

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Born on 30 April 1964, Tony Fernandes is a mixed offspring of an Indian father who originated from Chennai, India and a Christian Eurasian mother of mixed Portuguese and Malaccan descent. He is a highly educated person, graduated at Epsom College and London School of Economics on 1983 and 1987 respectively. Previously, Fernandes was a Financial Controller in Virgin Atlantic and later the youngest CEO in the Warner Music Records (Malaysia). After falling in his careers, he decided to venture into airlines business by setting up Tune Air Sdn. Bhd (Ismail, 2010a). 1.2 Development of AirAsia In June 2001, Fernandes has an initial intention to get Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official endorsement to become a new operator in the Malaysian aviation…show more content…
Leaders need to have cognitive ability to gather, synthesizes and interpret large amount of information, and they need to be able to create visions, solve problems and make a correct decision (Kinicki & Williams, 2013b). In order to be effective leaders, they must have a high degree of job-relevant knowledge about the company, industry and technical matters. Leaders are able to make well-informed decision and to understand the implications of those decisions when they have in-depth knowledge. The successful leaders are usually extraversion which means that they are energetic, lively people. They are sociable, assertive and rarely silent or withdraw. Moreover, successful leaders are creative and always have the original idea in their mind. Successful leaders are flexible to adapt to fit the requirements of followers and the demand of situations (Schermerhorn,…show more content…
Real leader is not usually strict, silent and withdrawn; they can also be sociable and assertive. Tony Fernandes’s energetic, lively and extraversion leadership is one of the vital traits in his leadership. According to Mertens (2010b), Fernandes is described as a single and charismatic pioneer. Although receiving various international awards and accolades for AirAsia and himself, Fernandes remains very down-to-earth and approachable. He always has a good and quick smile for everyone, regardless who you are. According to Fadi Ghandour, Chairman of Wamda and Founder and CEO of Aramex, Fernandes is a friendly, charisma and knowledgeable leader. In one of their meetings, Fernandes walked in to greet him and started cracking jokes. Ghandour enjoyed the moment when talking to Fernandes and learned a lot about leadership and management from him. Other than that, when they are walking across the company, Ghandour felt like walking with a rock star getting ready across on stage - every personnel he greets is not a fan but part of his team. During the conversation with Fernandes, Ghandour found out that the key to be so charismatic when leading a company is through the corporate culture. There is no hierarchy in the company which means that there boundary-less between the leader and employees as Fernandes claimed that he is the part of the team, not only the manager (Kamisan & King,
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