|INSTEAD OF GIVING PEOPLE SPECIFIC OPERATING GOALS, CHALLENGE THEM TO GIVE EVERY GROWTH IDEA THEY HAVE GOT." JACK WELCH|
| More often than not when conversation turns to key leadership figures, discussion focuses on leadership traits. There is a certain fascination with analyzing leadership figures, such as Jack Welch, the former Chief Executive Officer of General Electric. As a result, biographies on key figures become best sellers and the triumphs, as well as the tragedies, become newspaper headlines. A major reason for our curiosity about the personal characteristics of such leaders is the realization that their preferences, the things they believe in and work for, and the ways they go about making decisions can influence our lives.
How can we learn about the leadership styles of leaders, such as Jack Welch, in a more cursory fashion? It is hard to conceive of giving people like Jack Welch a battery of psychological tests or having them submit to a series of clinical interviews. Not only would they not have time for, or tolerate such procedures, they would be wary that the results, if made public, might prove politically damaging.
One way of learning more about Jack Welch that does not require his co-operation is by examining what is written about him and what he says in interviews. His movements and statements are generally recorded by the mass media; little of what he does escapes notice. Such materials provide a basis for assessment.
By analyzing the content of what is said about Jack Welch, as well as what he says, we can begin to learn something about the image he displays in public. To illustrate how Welch’s statements can be studied to learn more about his leadership, this site will present a technique for using such material to assess his leadership style.
|"Don't Manage. Lead."
-Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
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|This Web Page was Created By Julie Whalen for a Class Assignment in MG 648 Leadership Course in the Masters of Management Program at Aquinas College.|