The Impact of Leadership Styles and Skills



This report explores the impact of leadership styles and skills on teams and organisational objectives with a focus on an organisation in Hong Kong. This report further examines understanding on organisation’s ethical and value- based approach to leadership. The aim of the report is to discuss and give justification on the different leadership styles required in various situations faced by Cathay Pacific Airways Limited in Hong Kong towards achieving its organisational objectives. As such, this report gives a critical assessment of the existing leadership styles in Cathay Pacific Airways Limited on teams’ performance as well as organisational performance. The report discusses how leaders in the organisation can establish a culture of mutual trust, professionalism, respect and support within teams, and support and develop their teams’ understanding of the direction taken by the organisation. Lastly, this report discusses the organisation’s ethical as well as value- based approach to leadership. In this case, the report analyses and examines the impact of culture and values, regulatory and ethical requirements, legal, and stakeholder expectations and needs in leadership in the organisation. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited was selected to be the focus of analysis and discussion in this report because the company is successful in property, hospitality, transportation, and investment sectors and there is a wide range of information regarding it. Additionally, the company was selected to analyse the challenges faced by the sector in China and how leadership can step in to address these challenges.



Coursework 1

Collaborative activity (individual grade awarded)
You will engage in discussion activities that will critically explore
management and leadership differences, as well as the impact of
leadership principles on organisational values.

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Assesses module
learning outcome/s:

CW1 20% approx. 1500 words 1

Last submission Date/Time: Provisional feedback released:
Weeks 5-6, 22.10 – 04.11.2018 by 21.00 hrs
UK time

15 working days later

Detailed guidance/task
Different people have used management and leadership terms differently. While some use
them as synonymous terms, other view them as two completely different terminologies.
However, the majority appreciates some similarities and differences between them. Some
say that leadership does not require any managerial position to act as a leader and others
believe that true manager is one with traits of leadership in him.
Considering contemporary literature and your own professional experience, what could be
the main links and differences between leadership and management?
How do the psychometric tests you have undertaken in Unit 5 indicate your personal
characteristics fitting you for positions of leadership and/or management? Remember these
are not set in stone and the purpose of the tests is not judgemental but developmental.
A good discussion should evidence excellent academic and practical application, a solid
evaluation and reasonable analysis, showing evidence of:
 Key similarities and differences between leadership and management in industries
and organisations of your choice.
 Leadership principles that support organisational values in your chosen origination.
In facilitating this collaborative activity, your engagement will be assessed based upon
participation, and quality of your work in the discussion forum, academic writing skills and
original thoughts.
Remember, the format of this assessment is a discussion with your peers and thus you are
expected to:
 Post your initial thoughts by replying to the summative thread in the discussion board
 Post at least 3 or 4 meaningful and insightful responses to others in the forum
 Ask insightful questions that help your and others to learn

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 Offer contributions based upon management and leadership literature (research) and
your own practice or experience
 Contribute to the learning of the forum
 Engage in critically collaborative inquiry
 Promote critical reflection amongst forum members