This assignment asks you to analyze various companies’ organizational vision and mission statements to determine how such statements guide leadership practices within an organization. The vision statement reflects a desired future state worthy of pursuing, while the mission statement is what is done almost daily in order to eventually realize the vision.
Select a vision and mission statement from one company that professes to practice servant leadership which is Nordstrom’s and one that practices a standard leadership model which is Goldman Sachs.
Write an analysis (1,000-1,250 words) that addresses the following:
- Compare the vision and mission statements of the two companies. What are the similarities and differences? How do you think these statements impact the culture of each organization?
- What servant leadership principles or values are either explicitly or implicitly apparent in the vision and mission statements of the company that professes to be servant-led?
- Explain how you see the principles or values expressed in the statements manifested in each company’s public reputation, and how they treat their employees in the services they provide, their marketing, etc. Provide a few specific examples to demonstrate your points.
- Do you think each company is living out the principles or values expressed in their statements? Why or why not? If the more traditionally led company adopted a servant leadership model, what revisions to their vision and mission statements would be warranted? Be sure to comment on your understanding of how such vision and mission statements can or should guide a company’s treatment of its employees and clients.
Include the vision and mission statements of the companies you selected in your analysis.
You are required to locate four articles that support your selected organization’s vision and mission statements. Two of the selected articles must be peer review journal articles. Include information from the articles in your discussion.