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Evaluation of Leadership Styles PDF

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TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1MAIN BODY...................................................................................................................................1Critical evaluation of leadership styles and management within organisation underpinned withappropriate theoretical perspectives theories...............................................................................1Evaluation of leadership styles within Apple..............................................................................4Leadership development interventions.......................................................................................6CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................8REFERENCES..............................................................................................................................10
INTRODUCTIONDeveloping leadership and management are essential aspects of an organization and areinterconnected to each other to bring profitability and maintain productivity. These twoconceptual frameworks go hand in hand and together lead towards understanding the skills. Itassists in planning the functionalities and building relationships while working in a team(Rubens, Leah and Schoenfeld, 2016). This assignment will be gaining insights about the movie,which is based on Steve Jobs and was released in 2015 under the direction of Danny Boyle. It isgoing to describe about the significance of leadership styles and management at Apple.Moreover, it is focusing on the roles and responsibilities of people who contributed immensely inmaking Apple as one of the landmark products in the marketplaces. Here, several theoreticalperspectives, models and theories are going to be used.Overview of Steve Jobs Movie: This is one of the biographical drama films which has beenadapted from the book by Walter Isaacson named “Steve Jobs”. It has been divided into threemajor acts which has spanned from 1984-1998, that is for 14 years. Each act is related to aspecific product launch such as Apple Macintosh,NeXT Computer and iMac. Theseincidents/events are taken to structure the movie's pace which has received critical acclaim andgained laurels in the form of prestigious awards. It highlighted on the IQ levels, leadership skillsmanagerial capacities and other related characteristics of Steve Jobs who took decisions withoutany prejudices and always attempted innovation with risks and purely on foundation of practicalapproach. Apple has always been epitomized as the customers' dreams due its innovative featuresand technological discoveries.MAIN BODYCritical evaluation of leadership styles and management within organisation underpinned withappropriate theoretical perspectives theoriesOverview of cast: This movie is based on three crucial acts of professional practices that affectedthe profits and market positioning of Apple and has also included the personal lives of Steve Jobswith his estranged girlfriend and proximity with daughter Lisa. Herein the roles of Apple cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has been considered. This cast has also several subcharacters including Joanna Hoffman, NeXT Marketing Executive, CEO John Sculley, Chrisann1
Brennan who is former girlfriend of Steve Jobs and mother of his daughter named Lisa. Inaddition to these, few smaller but pivotal characters like Joel Pforzheimer who was a journalistof GQ magazine and played important character in the movie who helped in understanding hisbehavioural changes properly, Andrea Andy Cunningham, manager of Macintosh, AvieTevanian as software engineer and many more.Consequently, these real life characters have helped in gaining understanding regardingthe practices and operational activities of corporate management. Apple's leadership styles andmanagement had been dominated vastly on the decisions made by Steve Jobs who acted as thefulcrum and the balancing act. However, this clearly demonstrated his autocratic managementstyle where Jobs was considered as the most controlling one and took revolutionary but singlehanded decisions without consulting any other dignitaries working at Apple. Moreover, hiserratic decisions and instant reactions sometimes led to uncertainties and posed challengingsituations for the entire management(Amanchukwu, Stanley and Ololube, 2015). Alongside thefamily issues had also influenced his behaviour and decision making that put hampering effectson the company's environment. Steve Jobs became vulnerable in the later stages of life but neverlet it affected his integrity and work ethics.Furthermore, the autocratic management style is considered as the authoritarian style ofleadership and is definitely characterised by decisions taken by individuals. The choices madehere is based on a single frame of mindset and the decisions made are in a stress freecircumstances. The focus is on giving clear and unambiguous commands to make the workeffective with great levels of efficiency(Robinson, VanderPal and Nhat Hoang, 2017). Thisstyle has several characteristics where the leaders are the decision makers and command on allthe ongoing operations or work related pressure handling or distribution of work. It has beendemonstrated that the members are not being considered in making any decisions or suggestingany ideas or opinions. There is no participation of the members in a team and mostly, the workstructure is rigid and not flexible. The rules, policies and guidelines are mostly outlined to dictatethe processes, methodologies and techniques to be used by the managers and leaders.Here the major difference is that despite Steve Jobs was independent and never consultedhis team members, yet he was always considered as a transformational leader. He was passionatefor innovative ideas and had good sense of marketing(Nguyen and et.al., 2017). However, henever showed the real characteristics under this transformational type of leader but had2
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