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Transforming

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Transforming
ICRISAT
Discuss the problems facing ICRISAT
The problems were natural and within the working environment
The overgrown shrubs
Low staff morale and poor quality research output.

Turnover was high, especially among management.

Their headquarters was moved to Africa creating uncertainty in the organization.
Problems were beginning to be recognized by those outside of the organization
Question 1
To what extent are these problems the result of its leadership over the past several years?
Leadership has to take much of the blame
The institute had gone through four different Director General's and Deputy Director General's prior to Dr. Dar's appointment.This therefore led to unstable leadership which led to stagnation in terms of growth and negatively impacted the research quality
Question 2
Describe Dr. Dar’s leadership experience. What kind of leadership behaviour and style has he exhibited and what effect has his leadership had on others?
Dr. Dar's
Leadership Style
Transformational
Participative
Leader-Member Exchange(LMX)
Empowering
Directive
Servant
Has he been an effective leader?
Yes!
Question 3
Use Fiedler’s contingency theory and House’s path-goal theory to analyze the leadership situation facing Dr. Dar at ICRISAT.
Fiedler's Contingency Theory
Unstructured Tasks

Good leader-relations

Strong position power
House's Path-Goal Theory
Great deal of challenge and uncertainty facing both the employees and the future of the organization.
What leadership style does each theory suggest?
House's
Task-oriented
Fiedler's
Directive
Question 4
Discuss the merits of LMX theory and transactional vs. transformational leadership for the situation facing Dr. Dar and his role as Director General.
LMX Theory
Higher quality relationships
Positive attitude and behaviour
Needs co-operation and assistance of Deputy Director Generals
Dr. Dar needs to TRANSFORM an organization
This calls for a Transformational Leader
The Doc's Vision:
"Improve well-being of SAT populations through agricultural research"
What type of leadership would be most effective and why?
Transformational
Here's why:
Four transformational dimensions:
Intellectual Encouragement

Individual Consideration

Inspirational Stimulation

Influencial Allure
Question 5
Given the many challenges facing ICRISAT and Dr. Dar, what type of leadership do you think is required?
Challenge 1
Persuade CGIAR and the board that the institute’s existence is important for the future of the SAT region
Challenge 2
Convincing the board to keep the ICRISAT HQ in its current location.
What type of leadership is best suited for facing these challenges?
Transformational
Strategic
Possibilities for other leadership styles to emerge
Participative
Empowering
Servant
Question 6
What does this case tell us about the role of leadership and its effects on people and organizations? What does it tell us about leadership behaviours, the situation, and leadership effectiveness?
There are many different styles of leadership
A good leader does not focus on just one area of leadership
Good leadership is vital for the success of organizations
TRANSFORMING ICRISAT: THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. WILLIAM DAR CASE STUDY
Purpose
Leadership
I
nternational
C
rops
R
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I
nstitute for the
S
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A
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T
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Focus
Dr. Dar's Leadership
Ryan
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