Read the attached case study ‘Turnaround and Transformation: Leadership and Risk at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art’ (Reavis, 2010) and answer the following questions:
Question 1: Discuss the type of power and influence you believe Jill Medvedow possessed, (15%) and critically evaluate her use of it (10%). Link to academic models and research regarding Power and Influence in your answer.
Question 2: Critically analyze the relationship between leaders and followers, from both an academic viewpoint (17%) and how it can be applied and viewed in the case study. (8%)
Question 3: Discuss what the case study can tell us about the leadership of organizations.
In 1998, Jill Medvedow was hired as the director of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Her mandate was to reinvent a museum that had no permanent collection, drew a mere 25,000 visitors a year, and had few members and almost no money. This case demonstrates how Medvedow was able to rebuild (literally and figuratively) a powerless organization by being disciplined, getting people to believe in an idea, and taking many risks.LEARNING OBJECTIVETo demonstrate how an organization, with the right leadership, can effect change with little or no power.