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Learning Activity #2
Assess how Bloom might go about solving her leadership relationship building problems. Take into consideration her personality traits, organizational values, emotional intelligence and the social leadership aspects of her role as leader. In short, how can you make her a new woman; one that the department would want to follow?
Orlanda Bloom was made Director of Accounting of GDD. She worked hard in her new post. Having worked at GDD over the last twenty-five years, Bloom was known for being tough but fair in her approach to her workers. She was civil to everyone but was considered a loner by her peers and remote in her dealings with others. Fearful that should would not be treated with respect and determined that she would be obeyed in her new job, Bloom became overly attentive to her workers. She micromanaged everyone from the lowest bookkeeper to her immediate assistant director. She penalized workers and put negative reports in people’s personnel files for the smallest infraction. The accounting department personnel, who were known to have the best morale in the company became the most demoralized and unresponsive workers. HR director, Simon was flooded for transfer requests. Worse yet, several people left for jobs in other companies. Simon reviewed the situation and decided that it might be best to consider giving Bloom one more chance in view of her long history with the company. However, imposing a probationary period for six months was seen as necessary and if the negative reports continued she would be asked to retire or fired if she refused to retire.