How effective would you rate Chandra as a visionary leader? Discuss.
Chandra demonstrated the characteristics of a visionary leader by having a clear vision
for transforming Aerostructure into a world-class manufacturing facility. He inspired his team
with stories about the impact they could have on the company and the aircraft industry. However,
his effectiveness as a visionary leader is called into question when he repeatedly rejected the
team's ideas and plans and ultimately decided to discard their months of hard work. Visionary
leaders should be open to ideas and receptive to their team's input, which Chandra did not seem
to be. This lack of receptivity and the abrupt rejection of the transformation plan could lead to a
lower rating for his effectiveness as a visionary leader.
Where would you place Chandra on the chart of types of leaders in Exhibit 7.1? Where
would you place Deacon? Explain your choices.
At the beginning of the story, Chandra would be placed closer to the "Transformational
Leadership" style, as he had a clear vision for transforming the company and inspired his team
with stories about the impact they could have. However, as he progresses, his leadership style
seems to shift more towards "Authoritarian (Autocratic) Leadership," as he rejects the team's
ideas and plans without much consideration.
Deacon, as the head of the transformation project, is considerably a participative (Democratic)
Leader, as he engaged his team and worked collaboratively to craft a vision statement.
If you were Deacon, what would you do and why?
If I were in Deacon's position, I would request a more detailed explanation from Chandra
regarding the specific reasons for rejecting the team's work. Understanding his concerns and
expectations is essential for moving forward effectively. I would also work with the team to