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Final Project InstructionsSelect two historical leaders. One who was known for making a positive contribution in a leadership role, and the other who made a negative contribution in a leadership role (one good leader and one bad leader).Each leader must be, or have been a business or world leader (each leader) from 1960 to the present.Provide three separate reasons (with referenced examples) to justify the reason they were a good, or bad leader.Identify, compare, and contrast the two different leadership styles of each one. Be sure to add applicable leadership theories and concepts.The research paper must be 6-8 pages of written text (not including the cover page and reference page), roughly 1500-2000 words.You must include at least three outside references for each leader, for a total of six references (minimum) for the research paper. The text may be used as a reference but it will not count toward the six required sources.I have chosen to use the two leaders from Enron, (Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay) as bad leaders and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson as a good leader. I have also made an outline that was required in an earlier week of the term with some information and references. All I need is the paper written.
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Introduction
The Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is one of the best leaders that I have ever
read about. Her most recent accomplishment as a leader has been implementing a change Air
Force wide reviewing all of the Air Force Instructions (AFI’s) and eliminating outdated,
unnecessary, and contradicting ones. As a person in charge of such a task, she understands the
difficulties but has set strict time limits and is doing what best empowers the Air Force as a
whole. She has earned the position that she is in today through her leadership abilities in the past.
On the other hand, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling showed the opposite. They were convicted
of a huge scandal in the Enron corporation and were sentenced to time in prison for several
counts of security fraud, wire fraud, and false and misleading statements.
Background Information
•
Secretary Wilson has a long background of accomplishments.
1. 1982-1989 – Served as an Air Force officer.
2. 1989-1991 – Served on the National Secretary Council as director of Defense Policy.
3. 1991 – 1995 & 2009 – 2013 – Wilson was in the private sector. In 91, she founded
Keystone inc. which was a company that did business development and program
planning work for defense and scientific industry.
4. 1995 – 1998 – Served as the secretary of New Mexico
5. 1998 – 2009 – Served as a member of congress
6. 2013 – 2017 – President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
7. Present – Currently the 24th Secretary of the Air Force
•
Kenneth Lay’s Background
1. 1970’s – Federal energy regulator
2. 1980’s – Energy company executive when the company was bought out and the name
was changed to Enron
3. 1999 – One of America’s highest paid CEO’s, $42.4 million compensation package
4. 2000 – Lay was mentioned as a possible candidate for President Bush’s Treasury
Secretary
5. 2001 – Enron went bankrupt
6. 2004 – Indicted by a grand jury for his role in the companies’ failure
7. May 25, 2006 – Found guilty for six counts of conspiracy and fraud
8. July 5, 2006 – Died of a heart attack
•
Jeffrey Skilling’s Background
1. 1979 – Graduated Harvard with an M.B.A.
2. 1979 – 1990 – Worked for McKinsey & Company in their energy and chemical
consulting practices
3. 1990 – Joined Enron
1. 1997 – Promoted to president and chief operating officer of Enron
2. 2001 – Named CEO of Enron
3. August 2001 – Resigned and sold almost $60 million in Enron shares
4. 2006 – Convicted of multiple felony charges
5. 2013 – Sentence was reduced by a decade but had to pay $40 million in restitution
6. 2017 – Could be released from prison this year.
References
Enron: The real story behind Jeff Skilling’s big sentence reduction. (n.d.). Retrieved November
12, 2017, from http://fortune.com/2013/05/15/enron-the-real-story-behind-jeff-skillingsbig-sentence-reduction/
A. (n.d.). Heather Wilson. Retrieved November 12, 2017, from http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/Article/1183103/dr-heather-wilson/
Jeffrey Skilling. (2014, September 09). Retrieved November 12, 2017, from
https://www.biography.com/people/jeffrey-skilling-235386
Kenneth Lay. (2016, May 19). Retrieved November 12, 2017, from
https://www.biography.com/people/kenneth-lay-234611
Secretary of the Air Force orders instruction review. (2017, August 07). Retrieved November 12,
2017, from https://www.upi.com/Secretary-of-the-Air-Force-orders-instructionreview/1141502124048/
The real scandal. (2002, January 19). Retrieved November 12, 2017, from
http://www.economist.com/node/940091

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