There existed silos which highly fragmented CSIRO’s effectiveness and influence because the organisation is one of the companies with high levels of specialization and limited engagement. This represents the other challenge that Catherine experienced at CSIRO. However, within a short time, Catherine managed to transform the people and making them have a unifying mission. Workers at CSIRO had for a long period held on to silo mentality. This is the first challenge that Catherine experienced after joining CSIRO team. She used her transformational ability to change people by engaging them in continuous, multilevel conversation, and a unified mission.
5 Catherine focused on making persons to understand their workplace and their role within it. Through this approach, Catherine was able to know what her staff believed, and honestly examine the factors that are conducive to the organisation’s success. Evidence from the two companies shows that Catherine instills right behaviour in people in order to produce the right results. There are two aspects to idealised influence. First, there are certain qualities in the leader that his/her followers always desire to imitate. Also, leaders influence their followers through displaying good behaviours. On the other hand, inspirational motivation incorporates inspiring and motivating followers by challenging them and instilling shared meaning in them. The key characteristics of inspirational motivation include optimism and enthusiasm (Bass and Riggio 2006). When Catherine joined CSIRO, she increased her followers’ innovative abilities in dealing with problems and challenges, questioning assumptions, applying novel perspectives and approaches to old, established challenges and problems. She displayed openness and this contributed to a turn-around in the company. Her displays was a display of openness without fear of criticism and high level of confidence in solving problematic situations in combination with the follower’s self-efficacy. According to Bandura (1977), increased self-efficacy leads to increased effectiveness. These are the values that Catherine injected in every company she joined. Catherine also possesses individualised consideration which makes her act as a mentor and coach and this has made her to be able to assist her followers reach their full potential. Through individualised consideration, Catherine has been able to provide supportive climate and learning opportunities to her followers. The four components have combined inside Catherine making her one of the most transformational figures in the world. Since her transformation of the bionic ear-maker Cochlear making it become known worldwide, Catherine has been widely lauded. Her fame reaches far
6 and wide owing to her leadership capabilities. According to the Australian Business Review (2009), Catherine has dealt even with the government having even led the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation for half a decade. After transforming Cochlear,
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