Assignment 4
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT – LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT Analysis
Due Date: Week 9
Note: All scenarios in this assignment are fictional.
Real Business
It can be difficult for a business to improve how it operates from inside the organization. Sometimes, an outside perspective is needed. The large discount retail store you work for wants to improve its in-store restaurant management team.
Your Role
Companies like Target and Walmart often works with outside consultants—people who are not employees of the company but who are hired on a contract basis to help with a specific project. As a Leadership Consultant, you’ve been hired by a large discount retail company to help the company improve its leadership structure and approach to management.
Instructions
Step 1: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
Take a look at the Organization Chart provided by the company.

Based on your knowledge of hierarchies, would you say that this team has tall structure or flat structure?
Underline your selection:

Tall Structure

Flat Structure

Explain your answer.
Step 2: HUMAN RESOURCES
The company would like to improve the culture of its team and the quality of its work. Its leadership has provided you with a Process Chart detailing how it currently applies Human Resources best practices.

Note: You should complete Steps 3 & 4 after reading the material in Week 9.
Step 3: LEADERSHIP STYLE
You have been asked to help improve the leadership style of the team leader in order to meet the team’s performance goals. The team leader has given you a description of what is most comfortable in terms of leading others.

Pacesetting

Visionary

Affiliative

Coaching

Coercive

Democratic

Explain your reasoning and list two benefits and two drawbacks to the style of leadership you identified as it relates to the performance of the team.
Provide advice to the team leader on how to overcome the drawbacks of this leadership style.
Step 4: REAL-WORLD APPLICATION
Apply the thinking in Steps 1-3 as if you were a Leadership Consultant hired by the company where you work or for a previous employer.

Review the organization chart for your company. Based on your knowledge of hierarchies, would you say that your company’s team has a tall structure or flat structure? How does this affect the way your team works? Explain your answer.

Consider the work conducted by the Human Resources team at your company. What steps of the Human Resources Cycle do they implement well? What steps of the Human Resources Cycle might be missing from your company or are not implemented as well as they could be? What is the effect of this on you and your team? Explain your answer.

Lastly, reflect on the leadership style of either yourself or your supervisor. What leadership style do you have, or what leadership style does your supervisor have? What are the benefits and drawbacks of this style for your team? What might you or your supervisor do to improve leadership? Explain your answer.

 

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