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Library Research Project

You understand from your academic studies and your experience that the organization's leadership is responsible for developing a culture that supports the values and mission of the organization.

As part of the expansion to a new facility, you and your Director will be working with the HR generalists to define the leadership skills that will best promote a culture of inclusion, collaboration and creativity while supporting employees in their individual contributions to organizational success.

1) Research major leadership theories/models to find at least 3 models that will support the organizational culture UPI wants to foster.

2) Discuss the tenets of each of the theories/models and its origins.

3) Discuss the strengths and criticisms of each of the theories/models.

4) Recommend which of the models is best suited to help UPI achieve its goal of leading a culture of creativity, innovation and collaboration.

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This solution provides examples to a technology-based scenario, and what type of leadership is needed within an organization.

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1) Research major leadership theories/models to find at least 3 models that will support the organizational culture UPI wants to foster.

The three models that support UPI are servant-leadership, situational leadership, and leader-member exchange theory (transactional leadership). These theories would work excellent with this particular company. This is because they sell electronics to consumers, and have to stay present with various ways in which to lead and manage others as well as keep current on what is out there with technology. In regards to servant-leadership, as the person is who the newly promoted Manufacturing Coordinator is, you will need to have the ability to not only show others how to complete projects, but also do it with the teams as well. This will empower others to do the same, and will encourage them to follow your leadership as well as become better ones as well. With situational leadership, you will have to adapt to various situations, and be able to act professionally, especially if a project should go wrong, or if an employee needs discipline. Your leadership will become transactional in nature as well because there will be in an in-group and an out-group within the organization. Those that do an excellent job within management and employees versus those that do not.


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