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Organizational Leadership Strategies
Ashford University
GEN103: Information Literacy
Mary-Catherine Ferguson
June 29th, 2020
Organizational Leadership Strategies
Research Question:
How do Organizational Leadership Strategies improve business performances and profits in the
modern age?
Thesis Statement:
In an effort to increase profits and performance in the ever-changing and competitive world of
businesses, companies have turned to organizational leadership strategies as an answer.
Scholarly Article 1
Patrick, H. A. (2018). Impact of Leadership Strategies of Managers on Employees in Information
Technology Organizations. Journal of Contemporary Management Research, 12(1), 1–13.
This scholarly article by Patrick explores the impact of different leadership strategies on IT
organizations. The article focuses on two main leadership strategies: prescriptive and restrictive.
The paper hypothesizes that prescriptive leadership that enables employees to have more say in
how the company operates within a set parameter will produce a more well-rounded, highly
motivated, and happy workforce. The paper provides multiple sources to support its clams. One
is a study of 515 IT employees from 87 IT companies and several other studies on the subject by
Schaubroeck et al. (2011) and Colbert & Witt (2009). Another claim that the article makes that
should be noted is that leaders who motivate their employees to think and behave in an
Achievement-oriented and cooperative way with an emphasize growth and development well
have better performance, more satisfaction, and lower levels of stress.
The article sufficiently supports its thesis by providing evidence that confirms its clams. The
information in the paper is current, and the paper its self was published in 2018. The author of
this article, Dr. Harold Patrick, has sufficient authority. He is a Ph. D. in the business field and
the paper was published by the CMS Business School of Jain University. The limitations of this
source are that it only focused on IT organizations and was limited to Indian companies. The
article does help answer part of my research question by addressing leadership strategies and
performance but does not touch on profit changes.
Scholarly Article 2
Oncioiu, I., Stanciu, A., Boteanu, C., & Bilcan, F.-R. (2017). Relationship between Corporate
Culture and Organizational Performance. Electrotehnica, Electronica, Automatica, 65(3), 221.
This scholarly article explores the impacts of corporate culture on organizational performance,
financial performance, and employee satisfaction. The main clams of the article are that
corporate culture has no or little effect on employee satisfaction, company performance, or
financial growth. To test the hypothesis, a study was performed consisting of 110 small firms
from the South-Eastern region of Romania. The data from the study were analyzed using
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software that is used for complex statistical
data analysis. The article also claims that globalization will significantly impact these statistics
due to the diversity of economies.
The sources and methods used to test the thesis of the article are sound and verifiable. However,
the article ends up disproving its hypothesis in every category, finding that the opposite is true.
The evidence and data in the Methodology and data section of the paper clearly showed this. The
article was published in 2018, and the writing was based on a study done in 2017. The authors of
the article all have PhDs in the business field, lending to the credibility of the piece. The
limitations of this article are that is only surveyed small businesses. This would bring into
question its crossover into larger companies. This article does answer my research question by
addressing the impacts that leadership strategies have on performance and profits. It also fills in
the gaps that my other scholarly article lacks.
Schein, E. H., & Schein, P. A. (2016). Organizational culture and leadership. Retrieved from
This eBook looks at the role that organizational culture has on leadership. The ebook's central
thesis is that leadership within any company must adapt to its ever-changing growth and culture
to be successful, and provides strategies and methods to accomplish this. Part two of the eBook
is of particular interest to me due to its content on the effectiveness and stats of leadership
strategies. The central thesis of the eBook is well supported by many scholarly sources,
especially one academic article that covers Evolution and revolution as organizations grow that
was published in Harvard Business Review. Another important clam in the eBook that is of note
to me it the section in part three of the eBook that covers how to plan culture change within an
This eBook sufficiently supports the thesis by providing evidence of successes and by the indepth research and explanations the author goes in to. The author is considered the father of
organizational culture research and is a professor emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of
Management. The eBook was published in 2016 and fits with my requirement of the modern age.
The limitations of this source are its lack of statistical data in the areas of profits and
performance increases. While I think that this source contains beneficial information that helps
answer my research question, I will have to be careful with that information because it could be
considered anecdotal.
Non-Scholarly Source 1:
Gleeson, B. (2018, June 4). The Critical Role of Leadership Development during Organizational
Change. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brentgleeson/2018/06/04/leadershipdevelopments-role-in-successful-organizational-change/#14f8409efdd6
This is a non-scholarly article from the Forbes web site written by Brent Gleeson. It is an opinion
piece that examines how companies that are going through some type of change will benefit
from a well-trained and knowledgeable leadership staff. The author supports his thesis by
walking the reader through the steps of assessing a company's current leadership workforce and
implementing new strategies and concepts to improve leadership performance. Some examples
of the steps are: “Begin with data collection and analysis with custom 360-degree surveys”, “use
that data to design programs that not only address a specific challenge," and "Ensure that the
participants have enough bandwidth to be fully engaged and take advantage of the opportunity."
The author does note that if any company or organization fails to embrace the change from the
leadership strategies he listed, they will be less like to succeed in the future of business.
While the article does try to support its thesis that good leadership is essential to any company’s
growth, it falls short of providing any data to prove or show that it is indeed true. The article was
written in June of 2018, and the author is of credible standing. The author Gleeson, B is the
founder of Talking Point Leadership, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and
organizational development, and he is a former Navy Seal. Some of the limitations of this article
are that it does not provide any data to back up its claims; it is not peer-reviewed and has no
references to follow up with. However, this article explores the concept of organizational
leadership strategies in the real world and how they benefit the companies that embrace them.
Non-Scholarly Source 2:
Zenger, J. (2015, January 15). Great Leaders Can Double Profits, Research Shows. Forbes.
This article is a non-scholarly source written by Jack Zenger, published by Forbes. The article
looks at how good, poor, and great leadership can impact profits in companies. The piece has
many examples to support its claims. It provides data that shows the profits of the different types
of leaders. Starting with poor leaders, the data shows a 1.2 million dollars loss among the bottom
10 percent. The middle or good leaders have 2.4 million dollar gain among the middle 80
percent. And the excellent leaders with a 4.5 million dollar gain among the top 10 percent. An
essential point that the article does note is that excellent leadership traits can be taught through
an excellent organizational leadership program.
This article does effectively support its main topic by providing reviewable data that is back by
an academic study and by providing an example of how General Electric was able to increase its
profits by investing in its leadership staff. The article was published in 2015, which meets my
standard of the modern age. It was published in Forbes magazine, a reputable business magazine,
and was written by Jack Zenger, the CEO of Zenger/Folkman, a strengths-based leadership
development firm. He also wrote 13 books on the subject of leadership. One of the limitations of
this piece is that it does not provide a reference section to the article; it only cites the study's
source. While this is not an academic source, it does touch on the heart of my research question.
It directly correlates profits to good leadership strategies.