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Unformatted text preview: th the leader and follower. Jack Welch from the start had made it clear that he wanted his people
to come out of their comfort zones and being participating in taking the firm to the next level as
envisaged by Welch s predecessor Reginald Jones. The kind of change he was able to bring about was a
revolutionary change and quite distant from adoptive as his thoughts were not echoed by others in
boardrooms elsewhere in the world.
If we compare Jack Welch to factors essential for transformational leadership we can clearly see that
Reginald Jones made the right choice in choosing Welch as CEO in 1980.
Factor 1: Idealized influence
Idealized influence can also be termed as charisma . It explains how when leaders act as strong role
models, followers identify with them and want to emulate them. Such leaders provide their followers
with a vision and goals for the future.
Jack Welch was always considered a maverick and an outspoken personality. His views were mostly
unique and effective upon implementation. There are many who believe Welch was unjust in laying off
workers, but there are more who claim he is responsible for GE being as big as it is and all the goals were
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