Mary Barra – New CEO of General Moto

1. In your opinion, what culture type is CEO Barra bringing to GM? Support your answer with evidence from the case.

2. In what ways has GM’s governing board shown that it embraces and supports diversity?

3. What is the evidence in the case to support the assertion that CEO Barra exemplifies the principles of authentic leadership?

4. What are some the factors in Mary Barra’s life that have influenced her values?


5. Based on what you know so far of Mary Barra, describe the quality of the exchange relationship (Chapter 7) she would most likely have with her followers. Explain your answer

6. In chapter 8, we discussed how organizational climate can influence team creativity and the role of top leaders in creating such a climate. Is Mary Barra the kind of CEO that can make this happen at GM ? Support your answer.

7. Transformational versus transactional leadership describes two leadership styles commonly associated with senior leaders of corporations (Chapter 9). Which of these leadership types is more representative of Mary Barra? Support your answer.

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