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Leadership: Jack Welch

Based on Jack Welch's Becoming a Leader, answer the following:

Part one: Discussion One: Applying the Lessons
Question 1: Discuss Jack Welch's Eight Essential Rules.
Question 2: Which of the Eight Rules have you seen in action? Share concrete examples of how you have seen great leaders apply these rules.
Question 3: Focus on how leaders set the tone, get results, build teams, and establish strong values.
Question 4: How will you apply these rules in your workplace?
Question 5: How will your actions impact your people?

Part two: Discussion Two: Are You a Better Leader?
Question 1: What have you done to become a better leader? Share not only what you have done, but what your people have done.

Part three: Application Activity: Becoming a Leader Action Plan
Question 1: Choose the topic or area from this program that is most important to you and your team now and create an action plan around it.
Question 1: How will you put this topic into action?
Question 1: What will you and your team specifically do?
Question 1: What will success look like?
Question 1: What challenges do you anticipate?

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1. Jack Welch has laid down eight ways of leading that are essential for creating a winning company. He has described these as rules. From my perspective these are not rules but strategies that leaders can use. If these strategies are used leaders are more likely to be successful. Welch says "Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach and build self-confidence". This means successful leaders continuously improve the output and performance of their teams. Also, he says" Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, the live and breath it" The leaders must love, adopt, and practice their visions. Only then they will be able to persuade their followers. Furthermore, Welch says" Leaders get into everyone's skin, exuding positive energy and optimism" This means leaders must energize, enthuse, and drive their followers. He says: "Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency and credit". We know that to be successful, leaders must be honest, upright, and have integrity. Further, he says "Leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions and gut calls" In this rule Welch describes taking harsh decisions and the use of intuition. He also says that "Leaders probe and push with a curiosity that borders on skepticism, making sure their questions are answered with action". In this rule Welch describes innovation, creativity, and the ability to implement new ideas. In addition, Welch says: "Leaders inspire risk taking and learning by setting the example". This is encouragement of risk taking by the followers of leaders and setting examples of risk taking. Additionally, he also encourages learning. Finally, when he says "Leaders celebrate!", Welch talks of encouraging positive behavior by his followers.

2. The rule I have seen in action is : "Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every ...

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This is a discussion explaining Jack Welch's Becoming a Leader. The sources used are also included in the solution.

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