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Leadership Styles: Assignment

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LEADERSHIP SKILLS ANDSTYLES OF MICHAEL O' LEARY
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION..........................................................................................................................1QUESTION 1...................................................................................................................................1Michael O' Leary, a leader or a manager....................................................................................1QUESTION 2...................................................................................................................................2Traits and skills of Michael O' Leary..........................................................................................2QUESTION 3...................................................................................................................................3Consequences of leadership style of Michael O' Leary..............................................................3QUESTION 4...................................................................................................................................5Future of Ryanair with Michael O' Leary...................................................................................5CONCLUSION...............................................................................................................................6REFERENCES................................................................................................................................7
INTRODUCTIONThe role of leaders in inspiring and empowering organisation is crucial for success of anorganisation. The key aspects of leadership styles are to motivate and guide human resourcesof organisation so that they can be productive in achieving business goals. It is the responsibilityof leader to adopt leadership style which suits business environment best and enhanceseffective corporate culture(Bolden, 2016).The report will analyse leadership style of Michael O' Leary, CEO of Ryanair. TheRyanair is one of the most successful airline service providers in Europe. The organisation iswell known among customers for its low cost and innovative services. The report will evaluaterole of O' Leary in growth and development of Ryanair as a leader or manager. The report willanalyse skills and characteristics of Michael O' Leary which has contributed in rapid success oforganisation. It will also evaluate the future impact of O'Leary's style on Ryanair. The report willalso discuss suitability of Michael O' Leary for Ryanair in future ahead.QUESTION 1Michael O' Leary, a leader or a managerThe most influencing attribute in the success of Ryanair is involvement of both;leadership and managerial approaches by its CEO Michael O' Leary. During successful journeyof Ryanair, Mr. Leary has used his distinct style which consists of, both; manager and leader. Asan effective leader, Michael O' Leary aims at creating vision instead of creating goals. It is theresult of Mr. O'Leary's vision that Ryanair continuously aims at providing low cost services withinnovations. Contrary to the leadership approach, Mr. Leary like a manager always takes risksand aims at achieving results(Dubey, Gunasekaran and Ali, 2015). Like a manager, Michael O'Leary plans, coordinates and controls the organisation for its effective management.As far as the strategic approach is concerned, O' Leary considers the conflicts as a formof asset. He used to involve in controversies and controversial statements which depicts hisleadership style. During recent conflicts between pilots of Ryanair and organisational policies,Mr. Leary adopted his managerial style instead of leadership approach. At the time of conflictO' Leary aimed at accomplishment of final results instead of focusing on demands or growth ofits employees or teammates. On various situations, it is observed that Michael O' Leary doesnot follow either a leadership or a managerial style rather as per the demand of organisationalenvironment he used to adopt both of these principles.1
Mr. O' Leary is never seen to give up his control on decisions and policy making oforganisation irrespective of internal and external forces of business. Rather, he always givesdirections to Ryanair for each and every situation(Northouse, 2018). This attitude of O' Learydepicts his managerial step towards implementing decisions of organisation. From beginningthe major policy of Ryanair is to provide airline facility to customers at low prices. For achievingthis vision, the organisation keeps introducing new strategies which maintains balance betweenits operational cost and profits. Michael O' Leary always focused on achieving his sales targetwithout much consideration about the concern of its customers or people. This characteristic isone of the key feature of managers. It can be observed several times when Ryanair did notconsider the feedbacks and opinions of its customers and O' Leary implemented decisions withthe aim of just achieving profits(Donate and de Pablo, 2015).The uniqueness and innovations are the highlights of Ryanair as well as Michael O'Leary. It can be considered as the leadership style of Mr. Leary that Ryanair never introducespolicies by observing its competitors. Rather, O' Leary always aims at making innovativestrategies which their competitors find hard to implement. Thus, Michael O' Leary has significantcontribution in achieving goals for Ryanair and for reaching these goals Mr. O' Leary uses bothleadership and managerial role. The implementation of both of these roles results in overalldevelopment of organisation.QUESTION 2Traits and skills of Michael O' LearyThe high brand value of Ryanair is the result of dedication and explicit strategiesformulated by Michael O' Leary. Mr. Leary can be considered to have calculative mind. His mainpolicy for achieving the profits is to reduce operational costs. These cost reduction strategiesare not only implemented within flights but also to routine activities of organisation as well as Mr.Leary. He never hesitates in involving new practices which could benefit the Ryanair(MichaelO’Leary | Ryanair,2014). Despite of huge criticism from media houses and other competitorsMr. Leary never gives a second thought to his decisions.He can be considered as antagonistic by nature. Mr. O' Leary does not believe inbounding innovations with general and undefined rules. For instance, his proposals such ascharging additional money from passengers against the use of toilets in Ryanair flights or seatallotment strategies were criticised a lot but he always has faith in his decisions. This confidence2
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