George Latour is attempting to lead and coach a new employee, Shelly Stern. The relationship quickly goes downhill as George's leadership style runs afoul of Shelly's sense of professionalism.

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  • George Latour is attempting to lead and coach a new employee, Shelly Stern. The relationship quickly goes downhill as George's leadership style runs afoul of Shelly's sense of professionalism.
  • George Latour is attempting to lead and coach a new employee, Shelly Stern. The relationship quickly goes downhill as George's leadership style runs afoul of Shelly's sense of professionalism.
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Leaders and Leadership

Background

George Latour is attempting to lead and coach a new employee, Shelly Stern. The relationship quickly goes downhill as George's leadership style runs afoul of Shelly's sense of professionalism.

Assignment

After reading the case and commentaries, provide your own commentary in a 4- to 5-page paper on George's leadership, drawing on the theories and models presented in this chapter.

In your analysis, consider the following three questions:

  1. How would you characterize George's leadership style?

  2. Is it the appropriate style? Why or why not? (Hint: consider the characteristics of the environment, the employee, the task, leader discretion, etc.)

  3. What strategies can Shelley employ to better manage her boss? (To answer this question, you may want to read this short piece by Harry E. Chambers:

Essay Sample:

B. Fryer (2004) provides a useful case study which demonstrates contrasting leadership styles in the work environment. George Latour, a successful CEO, is under a lot of pressure at his firm to perform well. As a result, he understands that every decision or task handled by people in his firm personally reflect on himself. The title of the article is "The Micromanager", which leads the reader to believe that George will be the protagonist micromanager of the story. However, careful reading of the case study demonstrates that there is much more involved to the story besides a demanding, micromanaging boss and an underappreciated marketing director. Instead, we become familiar with Shelley Stern's side of the story and her own weaknesses. Stern feels underappreciated and yet she lacks the credentials which would allow her to be

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