Alignment of Transformational Leadership Skills and Strategic Planning with Specific Reference to Transformational Change Implementation; A Study of Automotive Sector in Dubai
Mohamed, Gamal Abdelnasser Ibrahim
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The implementation of the transformational change in the automotive sector is significantly important for organisations specifically in Dubai challenging current market. This research provides an empirical insight to aligning the transformational leadership and strategic planning to drive this implementation. Two interrelated questions are considered: firstly, what are the challenges faced in aligning transformational leadership skills and strategic planning with specific reference to transformational change implementation; secondly, how effective alignment of leadership and strategic planning drives transformational change management. Answering these questions will enable the automotive leader to effectively utilise resources, enhance stakeholder participation and implement a sustainable transformational change. Using a concurrent mixed methods research design that is incorporating an online-based purposely designed questionnaire and in-depth semi-structured interviews, 71 participants for the questionnaire and 3 senior leaders participated in the semi-structured interview. The questionnaire findings offer a detailed support for the skills development, aligning and correlating the planning through effective learning. The interview findings provide clear inputs in identification for the challenges faced in aligning the leadership and strategic planning, with focusing on the effectiveness of this alignment on driving the change implementation process. The analysis explore the faced challenges in the alignment, drive a discussion to overcome them and effectively drive the transformational change. The research explored transformational leadership skills that form the leadership factors and correlate them to the strategic planning to overcome challenges and barriers to business development and effectively implement the transformational change in the automotive sector in Dubai.
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