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Leadership Biography- Alfred Sloan

Leadership Biography- Alfred Sloan

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Leadership and Organizational Change
Leadership Biography – Alfred P. Sloan Jr.
 
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Table of Contents
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Introduction......................................................................................................................................... 3
 
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Alfred P. Sloan and General Motors.................................................................................................... 4
 
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Sloan at his work.................................................................................................................................. 5
 
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GM's Transformation........................................................................................................................... 6
 
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Lessons from Sloan.............................................................................................................................. 8
 
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Sloan in present days – an extension ................................................................................................ 11
 
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References......................................................................................................................................... 12
 
 
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1. Introduction
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter F. Drucker 
It is said that a good general is one who prevents the war to happen than winning the war
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. This wouldapply even to the current management concept of leadership. Leadership is all about doing the rightthings at the right time at the right place. This era has seen leaders of all sorts in business, political, socialand environmental. Each has their own signature in the way of establishing their influence and prowessover others and their area of activity. This assignment is to look at one such business leader who couldbe seen as a symbol of leadership during their times.We would be looking at Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the iconic chairman of General Motors (GM), who had broughta transformation in the automobile industry with his innovative management approaches and customerfocused production process. In this assignment we would looking at the transformation which Mr. Sloanhad brought to GM in the aspects of performance, financial controls, employee relations and productivity.The values Sloan carried in his tenure that brought out these changes will be looked at in details tounderstand his activities during his incumbency.Of course, we would also look at the takeaways from Sloan’s leadership that would enable us in nurturingourselves as a leader in the organization and in the society.
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