Henry Ford was a memorable man, the founder of the famous Ford MotorCompany. He was the one who revolutionized the modern-day assembly-line styleof production for the Model T cars which became immensely popular. He was notjust a businessman but also an innovator, an inventor who is credited with morethan 100 patents. Unsurprisingly he was also one of the richest people of theworld.He was born on July, the 30th, 1863 in a family of six people on a farmin Detroit, Michigan. In his youth he showed an amazing capability to takereimagine things, tear things apart and then put them back together. He learntto repair as well as dismantle a pocket watch which his father had given himand which earned him the reputation of a watch repairman.
Though he lived on afarm his interests and passion were elsewhere. At the young age of 16, he movedto Detroit and started work as a machinist. These were the emergent signs of apotential leader. BiographyHe established the Detroit Automobile Company in the year 1899 in anattempt to create cars for the masses.
But this venture failed and his companyshut down in the year 1901. But he didn’t give up. In 1903, he againestablished an auto company, the Ford Motor Company with other investors. Thefirst model, ‘999’, was a car that rocketed the brand of Ford throughout theUnited States of America. His company was known to pay its workers very highwages for the time, which drew much talent and skills to the company’soperations. This was a sign of a good leader, as he was at the core of hisbeing a people’s person.The breakthrough came when his Ford Model T was designed. The model waspriced very low so it attracted millions of new buyers who had never driven acar before.
In the first 20 years of its production, the total output was over15 million cars. He was also the founder of the Ford Airplane Company, set upduring the World War I in order to support the United States in the aircraftproduction needs of the time. It was later shut down during the troubled timesof the Great Depression because to poor sales. However it never discouragedHenry from doing what he loved. But as luck would have it , in September, 1945,his health declined, ad he handed over his company to his grandson. Henrypassed away in the year 1947, at the age 83. He kickstarted what is today the Ford Motor Company, one ofthe largest cars manufacturer in the world with a coverage of over 11,000dealerships worldwide.
Achievements– Why was he a quintessential leader?From whatever I have read, analysed and understood of of him, I feel hecan teach great leadership lessons to each one of us. Some of them are bsed onhis interpersonal skills, some on his outlook as an innovator and some as hosextraordinary view as a social practitioner. Henry Ford is known to have valuedhis workers very highly and was exemplified by his paying them handsomely. Healso raised the wages of all his employees so that they could also afford thecars that they were building.
As a result his company drew good talent from allaround the region in his company and this lowered the turnover rate.