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Case Study: D. L. Woodside, Sunshine Snacks

Chapter 2 Case Study: "D. L. Woodside, Sunshine Snacks" (p. 60 of the textbook) Read the case study and answer the following three questions.

1. What traits does Woodside possess that might be helpful to him as he assumes his new position? What traits might be detrimental?

2. Would you consider Woodside a people-oriented or a task-oriented leader? Discuss which type of leader, people-oriented or task oriented, you think would be best for the new research director at Sunshine?

3. How might an understanding of individualized leadership theory be useful to Woodside in this situation? Discuss your answer.

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1. What traits does Woodside possess that might be helpful to him as he assumes his new position? What traits might be detrimental?

Woodside appears to possess drive, determination, and general intelligence, having worked himself up from the mailroom and going to night school. Woodside also has an ability to get along with a wide range of people, and an ability to develop new products. He has "technical knowledge and an understanding of the needs of the research and development department". He is a hard worker, which will help set a good example for his staff. He is considered easy-going, a trait that could help him fit in with others, and a good listener. He has shown initiative as well as an interest in responsibility.
These traits will help Woodside succeed as a director.
On the other hand, it is concerning that Woodside would rather do someone ...

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This detailed solution addresses questions regarding "D. L. Woodside, Sunshine Snacks", including what traits Woodside possess that might be helpful to him as he assumes his new position and which traits might be detrimental. It also addresses if Woodside should be considered a people oriented or a task oriented leader and which is the best type of leader to be the new research director at Sunshine. It discusses how an understanding of individualized leadership theory be useful to Woodside in this situation.

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