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Leadership in Action
1. How would you describe Jack Hartnett’s leadership style?
Jack Hartnett’s leadership style as it is described in the text is anachronism. He runs his business in his own way. The styles that he has chosen to run his business describe him as also a good leader and a “difficult to cope with” leader.
The things that made him a “difficult to cope with” leader is that he enforce his employees with his own Eight Commandments, that his employees have to follow. If they don’t follow these commandments he will fire them. An example of his Commandments is “I will tell you only one time”. It’s a very strict commandment and you can expect many employees to follow some unreasonable statements.
Another example of his bad leadership style is that his employees can’t obey him and the sure thing they can’t disagree with him. These two examples made him a leader that his employees will have difficulties to cope with him. Is difficult to work under such conditions. Some people can not be effective if they have to follow such rules in a company.
On the other hand in the text it describes the other side of his leadership style.
As it is written in the text he is also a good leader and he knows what he wants for his business, how to keep his employees and how to run his business for high profit.
He is doing top-lever hiring by himself and he spends a lot of time with them and their spouses so he can find all information about them. He wants to find all info about them because one of his goals is to have employees that are willing to work with him for a long time. He likes to have employees that are loyal and are willing to work hard for him.
Working with Jack Hartnett, will ensure you a home, family, community and a place to grow.
He will be there for you when you have problems with your family and spouse, because he wants employees to be focused when they are working and not thinking about family problems.
Jack Hartnett is a good leader because he spends a lot of time with his employees playing golf and also wants to create bonds that last with his employees, also working with Jack Hartnett means that you will get paid above national averages.
As it is described in the text Jack Hartnett likes to have fun with his employees and he makes jokes with them. Is good to have some fun time with you employees, not only to pressure them to work well and efficiency but also have fun with them so their working day became more enjoyable.
Jack Hartnett has two leadership styles. If you want to work with him you need to obey his strict rules but in the other hand you will have many advantages. He is a good leader because all of the above and he try to have good relationship with his employees. He is a hard working person, he has a vision for his company and he does his best to achieve it. His followers are willing to work hard for him and they are rewarded in many ways for their obedience and loyalty.
2. Why is he successful? Would you work for him?
Jack Hartnett is a successful business man., for many reasons. He owns 54 franchises of the Sonic roller Scatting nostalgic hamburger chain generate $44 million in revenues for the company. Hartnett’s restaurants make 18% more than the national average and turnover is low for fast-food industry.
Jack Hartnett has a vision, he knows what he wants, followers that he knows how to keep them and knows how to run his business for high profit.
One thing that made him successful is that he runs his business in his own way. The way he chose to lead his followers gave him loyal followers that obey his rules. He is like a friend to his employees and like a family to them. He knows everything about them, their financial situation and family. He respects their family situation and he takes them for training with their families. These things gave him the chance to have long lifetime working together with them.
In the second part of the question if I would work for Jack Hartnett the answer in no. I wouldn’t work for his company. I don’t like the idea of the Eight Commandments. I like in an organization to have rules and legislations but rules that are faire to all the people of the organization. An example of Hartnett’s eight Commandments is “I will tell you only one time”. This Commandment is very strict and not fair because some people might forget or perceive things in different ways. Also is very strict to have such rules and expect your employees to follow and obey them.