1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
REASON FOR CHOOSING THE LEADER
BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANISATION
LEADER’S BRIEF BIO
LESSONS LEARNED FROM LEADER
ASSESSMENT OF LEADERSHIP STYLE
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The report is based on the leadership style of Shenaz Ladak, who is an entrepreneur and has been self-employed since last 25 years. She started her career as an employee in an accounting firm and today she is a proud owner of a wide hospitality business.
The interview was conducted face to face, moreover, we were able to get few video clips of the interview as well. The interview started with Shenaz's introduction and thereafter, flowed with few questions which were completely related to the topic, leadership and to the course text. The interview was a great experience for us as leadership students, as the answers provided to us were quite outstanding and gave us a good picture of how to apply the theoretical knowledge in the real working environment.
Finally, there were few valuable points added by the leader from her own professional and personal life experiences. According to us, these points can never be studied from any text book, these are the learnings which, one can get only from the real life experiences. There was a point discussed by the leader which was quite influential and is generally ignored by most of the business people; the point was regarding how to maintain work-life balance. And now, we realize the importance the of work-life balance a lot of other topics which were discussed during the interview.
Reason for choosing the person
Very effective leader
Manages diverse line of business
The most impressive trait we liked about the leader is that she is very flexible and not reluctant to changes in the world.
She grabbed every new opportunity in life and she could easily assess that when a business is going down and when is the right time to disinvest from a particular business and invest somewhere else.
Works with the win-win situation for all (staff and clients)
BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANISATION
Shenaz Ladak owns and operates three different types of leisure properties. All three properties are quite different from one another and cater to 3 different kinds of clientele. Three properties are:
Beachfront at Wasaga,
Beachfront Cottages, and
Beachfront at Wasaga is a resort property situated right on the main beach at Wasaga. This resort caters to the young adults. The Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of the property is its amazing location; it is one of the best resorts in the town.
Beachfront Cottages cater mainly to the families on the long vacations. The cottages are well equipped with all the basic necessities for the families to spend their leisure time comfortably. The cottages are also located near to the beach area. There are packages provided to the guests for the nearby sight-seeing and other water sports.
Jell.e.bean campground is one of the biggest camping parks in the area. There are a lot of spots for the tourists who bring their own trailers or camps. Moreover, there are few in built trailers in the park as well. There is a swimming pool in the park which is complimentary for the guests staying in; moreover, there are a lot of outdoor sports available for the kids.
Shenaz graduated from University of Toronto. She has a degree in “Commerce and Economics”. Thereafter, she completed “Charted Accountant” course and worked for a company that dealt in furniture and hardware supplies, as an accountant. She ran the supply department and for a while working on her own also because of the shortage of staff and realized the potential of the department. Later on, after few years, she bought the hardware supplies operation from the company which proved to be a turning point for her professional