Management Journal: CEOs and Presidents Executive Summary

The purpose of this research is to examine the concept of influence processes and the factors that can affect them. This paper compares the leadership styles of Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, and Bill Gates, in order to show how they, as individuals, used their power to influence and impact their organizations, performance, and change within their businesses. By analyzing each leader’s influence processes they used, we learn more about the role of each leader’s traits and use of power and how they used it to improve leadership effectiveness.
Once the topic was identified and developed, the method of data gathering began with a preliminary search for information. This was mainly done with concern to the leaders I chose, so that I could determine if there was enough information on them to provide the background of my research. The next step was to locate material on the topic, which I did through several avenues. I did a keyword search in the e-Resources section of AIU’s library, and another keyword search through the Research Library (ProQuest) database, also found in AIU’s library. I was also able to find materials through online search engines. The M.U.S.E. learning materials also provided information in regard to leadership traits and power.

• Various types of influence processes include position, reward, and expertise.
• Position allows the leader to use their job title to influence and give orders.
• Reward allows the leader to influence followers by offering a reward when tasks are completed.
• Expertise allows the leader to influence by using their knowledge and skills (Sarkissian, n.d., para. 5).
• Winston Churchill used collaborative leadership with other world leaders, and transformational leadership for his public image (Resourceful Manager, n.d., para. 6).
• Walt Disney valued his team members’ input, so he built his empire on participative leadership.
• Bill Gates depended heavily on authoritarian leadership, taking charge and making decisions on the go (Resourceful Manager, n.d., para. 4).
Power and leadership go hand in hand. Power is a necessary tool that is to be used to effectively influence and make things happen, while positively guiding, impacting, and encouraging others. Power and influence is best used to drive any needed organizational change. The way each leader influenced their followers set the path to their success.
Resourceful Manager. (n.d.). 11 Great Leaders: How They Achieved Success. Retrieved from
Sarkissian, A. (n.d.). Leadership and Different Types of Influence Processes. Retrieved from

This is DR.W’S statement about Amber’s assignment on the unit 4 DB (discussion board)
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This is an excellent summary, Amber. You did a great job to provide the required snapshot of your paper and to use important details to explain your findings. You did very well to provide an excellent example to your classmates in how to write a summary like this. Great work!
Dr. W

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