Effective Leadership: Southwest Airlines Research Paper by hicaliber

Effective Leadership: Southwest Airlines
An overview of Southwest Airlines and how the company's leadership techniques have contributed to its success.
# 94627 | 4,719 words | 21 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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The paper discusses how Southwest Airlines' co-founder and CEO, Herb Kelleher, is frequently cited as a perfect example of how a charismatic leader can inspire followers to achieve organizational goals in spite of challenges and constraints. The paper shows how his company has managed to flourish in spite of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and a shaky global economy. The paper provides a review of the relevant and peer-reviewed literature. The paper concludes that successful leadership is not as complicated as many might imagine. The paper emphasizes how Herb Kelleher took an infant airline comprised of three aircraft and transformed it into an industry leader that has managed to survive and prosper during some very difficult times.

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Review and Discussion
Organizational Behavior Today at Southwest Airlines
Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
Chapter Three: Conclusion

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Blackwell, C. W., & Gibson, J. W. (1999). Flying high with Herb Kelleher: A profile in charismatic leadership." Journal of Leadership Studies, 120.
  • Blackwell, C. W., Gibson, J. W., & Hannon, J. C. (1998). Charismatic leadership: The hidden controversy." Journal of Leadership Studies, 5(4), 11.

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