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Organizational Leadership Abilities

Describe a project that you were involved with, or are familiar with, that either succeeded or failed.

Discuss how project leadership played a role in its success or failure.

Discuss how the organizational structure played a role in its success or failure.

Discuss how the organization's ability to support the project contributed to its success or failure.

What do you believe are some of the most important success factors (at least three) as they relate to project leadership, organizational structure, and the organization's ability to implement projects or change?

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The organizational leadership example I will use involves my own personal business that I previously ran for approximately 10 years. My business was a resale business wherein I purchased products for an extremely discounted rate and sold them for a much higher rate to stores such as Wal-Mart and Kmart. I began in this retail sector as a lower worker and gradually worked my way toward opening my own business. Upon opening my business, I initially had no workers but gradually built-up a workforce of a dozen workers. The project that was instrumental in my reorganization of my business consisted of changing my business model from a regional business operating in primarily the southern region of the United States to a Global model.

The ability to do this was predicated upon the emerging capabilities of the World Wide Web and the internet. With sites such as E-Bay and other online venues to sell my products to a larger clientele, I chose to restructure my business model. The organizational structure at the business had primarily been me as the owner/head-worker followed by my employees who periodically worked different seasons. The success of the business rested upon my leadership as I purchased the products, had relationships with the stores that the products were sold, and was responsible for overhead costs such as transportation fees, food, etc. The ability to reorganize my business to primarily ...

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The expert describes a project that you were involved with. How the organization's ability to support the project contributed to its success or failure is determined.

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