Writing Assignment Eight – Final Paper
Case Study: "Ratan Tata: Leading the Tata Group"
American Public University
1. The Tata Group has been transformed from a risk-averse, slow moving giant into a more dynamic and aggressive conglomerate. How much of such a transformation can be attributed to one individual? Discuss the role of the leader in initiating and managing change.
The Tata Group was in an emerging market and rapidly developing economies of India. Ratan Tata expansion models sought to move away from the traditional path to internationalization, by restructuring their operations and opening worldwide subsidiaries by streamlining and bringing cohesion to it numerous companies already owned.
Leadership skills needed in order to accomplish restructuring of an organization must be included in this discussion. Explaining the role of a leader in initiating and managing change one must first define a leader. Prior to early 20th century the primary assumption among scholars was that true leaders were born that way not produce or made. The Globe Project found that the positive leadership behavior generally accepted anywhere are behaviors such as being trustworthy, encouraging, and effective bargainer, a skilled administrator and communicator, and a team builder; the negatively regarded traits included being uncooperative, egocentric, ruthless, and doctoral (Deresky, 2011). Several traits or characteristics of successful leaders as follow:
• Capacity (intelligence, verbal skills, originality)
• Achievement (scholarship, knowledge, athletic accomplishment)
• Responsibility (dependability, initiative, self-confidence)
• Participation (sociability, cooperativeness)
• Status (socioeconomic position, popularity)
• Situation (interest in followers, objectives)
Numerous leadership theories focus in various ways on individual traits, leader behavior, interaction patterns, role relationships, follower...