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Running head: LEADERSHIP STYLES AND CHARACTERISTICS 1 Leadership Styles and Characteristics Guillermo Alvarez-Rivas Capella University
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LEADERSHIP STYLES AND CHARACTERISTICS 2 Leadership Styles & Characteristics The leader I have chosen is Alex Taylor CEO of Cox Enterprises. Founded by Governor James Middleton Cox. Cox Enterprises is 21-billion-dollar global company with over 55,000 employees. Cox remains a values-driven private corporation that can invest in long-term growth and is proud of its four-generation family leadership. Through three major divisions—Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group — they lead in the communications, automotive and media industries. Widely recognized national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Mannheim, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dayton Daily News and Cox Homelife. Alex is the great-great grandson of Governor Cox he has held several positions in the conglomerate where he has worked as a reporter and editor for one of the newspapers, he served in several key roles in the Cox Communications division, and he now serves as CEO of the parent organization Cox Enterprises. Analysis of Leadership Styles and Characteristics The actions leaders take upon major announcements and behaviors they exhibit indicate their leadership style. I have analyzed Alex Taylor’s leadership styles and characteristics and contrasted them against my own to evaluate effective leadership practices. Alex Taylor – Leader Styles and Characteristics of Taylor Taylor is a multifaceted leader that adjusts his style for the situation his is in. In Alex’s latest leadership webcast after providing a brief update on the state of the business he pointed out that in the family meeting that had taken place a week ago that the most memorable part was what the toast the Chairman of the company made which was “We are all as a family so fortunate to have a great company and such a great history to look back on. More than anything we are fortunate to have the great people of Cox Enterprises out working in the field making this
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LEADERSHIP STYLES AND CHARACTERISTICS 3 company what it is.”. Alex then went on to say “the senior leaders that make this possible are in this room and in the audience of this meeting, it is all of you and here-here to you”. The fact that Alex took more time to give us the background to the family meeting, share Jim Kennedy’s toast, and display his emotionally engaging agreement with the toast showed his supportive leadership style. Supportive leadership styles are defined by their approach to emotions, supportive leaders listen carefully to their employees. (Lacoma, T., 2019 April 24). The Supportive style requires empathy and sensitivity which Alex displayed during his webcast.
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