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Midwestern University: Leadership Under Pressure

Kat Lui, Ph.D.
March 16, 2012
North America
Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, Strategy & General Management
8 pages
leadership, teamwork, Employee Engagement
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.7)
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This analysis case highlights leadership in critical situations and is an account of Midwestern University’s Foundation. Responsible for procuring scholarship dollars, the Foundation had been impacted by two urgent situations: the economic downturn in 2009 which resulted in a 34% decline in its endowment plus recent political upheaval in the state government. Bill Davidson, director of the Foundation, had been challenged in managing the impacts of both situations. Ultimately he focused his efforts on building a strong team and developing a simple yet powerful message that was shared with donors.

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Explain the role of leadership in managing teams during critical situations,
  2. Identify leadership traits consistent with a servant leader,
  3. Justify the value of employee engagement,
  4. Analyze an organizations’ mission, vision, and goals and leverage how they can be used during times of economic downturn’s and political changes affecting staff members.

Application: Graduate & upper level undergraduate courses such as Organizational Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior / Organization Development