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Leadership and Tone Setting

1. Observe two leaders conduct an event. Compare and contrast goal articulation, talent utilization, group norms, cohesiveness, and general tone.

2.Analyze how the leader contributes to norms, tone, and the possible relationship to group outcomes. Describe and assess one's own tone-setting style.

3. Provide some insights or recommendations for tone-setting style based upon the observations and the organizational literature.

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Leaders play a very important role in determining the tone of organizations. As noted by an online source, "Circumstances don't determine the atmosphere and tone of organizations, leaders do". Organizations are reflections of leadership (

The same online online source describes and differentiates leaders and how they handle people as follows:

Fearful vs. Confident:
Fearful leaders withdraw, limit, control, manipulate, and pressure others. Fearful leaders respond to challenges, opportunities, and problems pessimistically. Confidence fuels optimism; fear fuels pessimism.

Inspirational leaders face tough times
with curiosity, exploration, joy, and confidence.

Another online source confirmed that leader's management style sets the organizational tone. This source provided an example: "When Jack Welch took control of General Electric, he wiped out whole layers of management, jettisoned underperforming units, introduced tough performance measures for employees, and junked the venerable "blue books" that for years had told GE managers what to do and how"(

Another leader cited by another online source is Howard, who heads a 200-person biotech company. This leader emphasizes ...

Solution Summary

Observations on leadership and tone settings are examined. The insights and recommendations for tone-setting styles based upon the observation and the organizational literature are determined.