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The Leadership of Hewlett-Packard
An analysis of leadership flaws of Carly Fiorina, ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
# 100376 | 1,288 words | 6 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2007 in Business (Companies) , Business (Administration) , Business (Management)

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This paper discusses the leadership of Hewlett-Packard under Carly Fiorina who was replaced in 2005 after the board of directors decided the company needed to move in a different direction. It looks at the company in terms of its core competencies of technology delivery and servicing, as well as employee morale. This paper offers some insight into Fiorina's leadership faults and offers a plan to reinstate a powerful and more effective leadership model into the organization.

Table of Contents:
Leadership Case Study
Situational Overview
HP Under Fiorina
Solution and Resolution Plan
Best Practices in Leadership
Avoiding Negative Leadership

From the Paper:

"HP under Fiorina's tenure had gone from an icon of Silicon Valley to an also ran. While its primary competitors, IBM and Dell, were taking market share from it in both of its primary industries: technology services and server/PC sales, HP went from underperforming to becoming wrapped up in a widely derided merger with Compaq (La Monica, 2005). The employees lacked focus, did not trust leadership, and found themselves increasingly tasked with duties that had nothing to do with their core competencies such as computer technicians being forced in to sales related activities (La Monica, 2005). HP clearly lacked focused leadership and had allowed most of its operational capabilities to erode under Fiorina's guidance and emphasis on marketing rather than execution of its business model. Additionally, Fiorina had so muddled the business plan with various restructurings and acquisitions that even short-term employees could hardly recognize the company."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Avolio, B. J. (2004). 4 Examining the Full Range Model of Leadership: Looking Back to Transform Forward. In Leader Development for Transforming Organizations: Growing Leaders for Tomorrow, Day, D. V., Zaccaro, S. J., & Halpin, S. M. (Eds.) (pp. 71-96). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Harvey, M. (2001). The Hidden Force: A Critique of Normative Approaches to Business Leadership. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 66(4), 36+.
  • Jones, D. (2003). Autocratic leadership works-until if fails. USA Today, 06/06/2003. Retrieved November 14, 2006 from:
  • La Monica. (2005). Fiorina out; HP stock soars. CNN Money, 02/10. Retrieved November 14, 2006 from:
  • Polleys, M. S. (2002). One University's Response to the Anti-Leadership Vaccine: Developing Servant Leaders. Journal of Leadership Studies, 8(3), 117+.

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