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Follow the Leader: Benchmarking a Best Practice Model of Leadership for Roadstone Provinces.

McDonnell, Richard (2004) Follow the Leader: Benchmarking a Best Practice Model of Leadership for Roadstone Provinces. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This dissertation is about benchmarking a "Best Practice" model of leadership for Roadstone Provinces Ltd. To ensure that findings, conclusions, criticisms and recommendations were real and objective, the research, with questions and answers arising there from had to be conducted very thoroughly. The "Best Practice" model had to be researched and studied carefully prior to any research on the organisation.
The research questions covered most elements of Leadership "Best Practice" i.e. Communication, Leadership, Culture, Recruitment and Selection, Training, Development and Strategy. In order to obtain the real and factual data each of the headings above formed a separate questionnaire.
The number of research questions under each heading varied from five to seven, and there was the opportunity for each recipient to give one of five possible answers. This method gave the best opportunity to obtain definitive replies.
The responses to the author's research questions were at best negative. Managers were most dissatisfied with all the elements referred to in the questionnaire and were most definite with their responses. Details of this research can be read in the body of my dissertation.
Given that my research was based on "Best Practice" the responses have clearly shown that major changes must be implemented as soon as possible in order to move towards the best practice model of leadership. Of major concern was the almost total divergence between the operational managers and the leadership team. This highlights the old style of classical leadership. The pursuit and execution of change must be the number one priority. It would be wrong to conclude that the human resource function is solely at fault.
Each and every function of management must change. The "Best Practice" model of leadership shows quite clearly that reality transcends rhetoric. Rhetoric will not execute change. The HR function must be allowed to fulfill its role and must be an integral part of the leadership function.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Benchmarking
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 13:26
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2012 12:53
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/402

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