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Which Leaders Tend to Be Most Successful in Today Business World: People Oriented or Task Oriented

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The classification was based on Blake and Mouton’ s Managerial Grid (1985). In this regard, this essay is written with the objective of choosing a few existing leaders to concentrate on and to critically analyze using various management theories whether these leaders are people oriented or task oriented. The following contemporary leaders are chosen for the discourse: Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and Jack Welch. A conclusion would finally be proffered after an evaluation of the findings and a recommendation would be stipulated accordingly. The essay would developed using secondary sources of studies from the various research literature on the topic of leadership.

It would initially present an introduction of leadership in general and explicitly define the objective of the essay. The leaders to be analyzed are hereby identified as Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and Jack Welch. The essay would then proceed with a definition of relevant terms such as leadership, Blake and Mouton’ s managerial grid, people oriented, task-oriented, among others. Further, the main body of the essay would present distinct leadership of the identified leaders to analyze and assess their general leadership style using Blake and Mouton’ s managerial grid.

An analysis of the findings would reveal which style is used by the majority of the contemporary leaders: people-oriented or task oriented – and determines if, indeed, this particular style contributed to their success. From the five contemporary leaders that were identified and analyzed in terms of their leadership style conforming to either people oriented or task oriented, it is eminent that more than 80% (or 4 out of 5) are to be task-oriented.

Although most acknowledged that people are a critical resource needed to achieve organizational goals, it is their emphasis on the achievement of tasks that is of utmost importance to them.    

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