Hugo Chavez: A Successful, High Performance, Solution Leader

Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, is the current president of Venezuela and has held this position since 1999. A former career military man, Chavez led a revolutionary force within the Venezuelan army, in a failed attempt to overthrow President Carlos Andres Perez in 1992. At the peak of Venezuela’s despair, Chavez presented a socialist solution for Venezuela’s future and dramatically transformed the country through complex adaptive thinking identify problems with the country’s political structure, making appropriate and timely decisions and execute solutions targeting the development of the country’s massive and poor citizens. What made Hugo Chavez a high performance solution leader? This high performance enterprise solution leader must continuously align stakeholder and particularly customer relations1. Chavez understood the behavior of the dynamic environment that existed in Venezuela and utilized his leadership in the political, economic, social and technological landscapes to satisfy the citizen’s glocal expectations. He appealed to the masses using a populist message, identifying with their struggles and made welfare of the Venezuelan poor his top priority. In this aspect he developed a strategy for transformative change. Chavez, in 1998, ran as a nonpolitical presidential candidate during a time when politicians were distrusted by the masses of the poor Venezuelans. This customer centric approach propelled him to win the presidency and redirected authoritative power from central government to local government. He was able to implement strategies through this understanding of the complex Venezuelan systems to create social welfare programs called “missions” aimed at improving healthcare, education, employments and housing opportunities. Using technology, Chavez is known as the “World’s 1st virtual president” and created the Hugo Chavez show to evaluate the performance of his government and inform the masses on his radicalized view of society. Chavez in his solution execution approach demonstrated elements of the UIDIE2 model of a high performance solution leader in creating transformative change in Venezuela.

What made Hugo Chavez a successful solution leaders? Chavez has led an important transformational political and economic change that has enhanced the quality of Venezuelan democracy by extending rights and opportunities to the masses ignored by the previous governing administration. Chavez is portrayed as a loose cannon in international media but he has been successful in reducing poverty in the country. When he assumed office in 1998, about 50 % of the population was classified as poor. Today, poverty rates are around 25 %.

inspirational and power leadership styles and has utilized these abilities to garner fanatic support from his followers. not only in Venezuela but internationally especially in countries where esoteric models of "elite" control persist to the detriment of the poor. diminishing the organization’s ability to respond effectively to environmental changes. The transformation was only possible because Chavez took the reins and led the population from the front and challenged the current elitist norms in the country. economic and social problems with the main intent of driving Venezuela for the better5. In this aspect Chavez shows us that leaders must utilize their intrinsic abilities to develop and align solutions catered for the intended stakeholders. . Charismatic and Transformational leadership styles. Chavez presented himself as a visionary in a country riddled with political. He is highly visible and vocal and by spreading his passion and enthusiasm to his followers. leaders in my organization generally exhibit a combination of autocratic. This has made Chavez tremendously popular. Thus he is able to successfully gain and maintain supporters through articulating his vision for the country through high self-confidence. their styles tend to demoralize staff and many benefits of teamwork are lost. Comparison of Leaders in my Organization to Hugo Chavez As a leader.He has a global mindset and feels that political problems are geopolitical and thus tailors solutions within this context. indigenous groups and women3. What can we learn from Hugo Chavez on how to become a solution leader? Chavez became a leader of Venezuela due to a combination of his inherent characteristics and the situational context of the Venezuelan environment. Our leaders hold the reign of power but effect no actual change or improvement in the systems that they manage. Leaders tend to exert high levels of power over employees and are generally inflexible. Chavez is a transformational leader that has a charismatic. He often takes off his presidential investitures and adopts a charismatic and inspirational leadership style4. Rather than encourage buy-in and collaboration of efforts. Chavez personifies a highly effective combination of Democratic. Chavez is a solution leader who delivers. resilience and energy. Leaders must adopt a global mindset and continuously scan the complex dynamic environment for innovate methodologies in adapting to turbulent changes. In contrast. he allows them partnership in his strides for progress. bureaucratic styles. He has aligned himself with the citizens by constantly acclimating their strife as his own and delivering on his promise of economic and social justice for the poor masses. Chavez has a very dynamic style of government that is attributed to his obsession with creating value for his citizens and increasing the overall power of his administration and the economy.

Chapter 3. pg 16 . able to and effect change and execute solutions to transformative organizational challenges. chapter 10 5: Sarah McGuire (2010): Hugo Chavez. Customer and employee dissatisfaction levels are high. decision-making approach is needed. a forward-thinking. President of Venezuela: Analysis of the events leading up to the 2009 referendum. It is a company that is not financially viable and has not made a profit in several years. Leaders have accepted these conditions as the norm and in contrast to seek new methods and technologies for achieving success. References 1: Manfred D. transformational leader. pg 75 2: Manfred D. they continue to operate within ineffective. Jantzen (2010): Solution Leadership. Instead there are continuous losses and compensation for lack of financial viability with government subsidies.Organization’s performance in achieving a High Performance Enterprise My organization can in no way be considered high performance or globally competitive. since he took office in 1999. the style of leadership must be solution driven. To achieve a high performance enterprise. a greater than 20% drop in Venezuela’s poverty rate and an overall rise in employment.What kind of a leader is Chavez? 4: Montgomery Van Wart (2005): The dynamics of leadership in public service: Theory and practice. Chapter 3. Jantzen (2010): Solution Leadership. increased access to health care. whose methods of leadership delivered successful education programmes. a testament to the failings of the organization’s leadership to become solution leaders. A style like that of Chavez. A problemsolving. archaic systems. pg 74 3: BBC UK (2006): Viewpoints .