Leadership used by Conrad Hilton

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Leadership Styles Used by Conrad Hilton

Conrad Nicholson Hilton was an American hotelier and founder of the Hilton Hotel chain (Alef 2009). Hilton was born on 25th December 1887 in the city of San Antonio, New Mexico Territory. His father, Augustus Halvorsen Hilton, was an immigrant from Norway and his mother, Mary Genevieve, was an American of German descent and a devout catholic. He had eight siblings; Eva Hilton, Felice Hilton, Carl Hilton, Rosemary Hilton, Helen Hilton, Julian Hilton, Baron Hilton, and August Hilton (San Angelo LIVE! Magazine 2007). Conrad Hilton attended Gross military which is currently known as New Mexico Military Institute and St. Michael`s College which is currently known as the
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2008). This enabled the employees to achieve more than they could have achieved on their own.
Hilton encouraged creativity among his followers and accepted challenges. He allowed his followers to make their own independent decisions concerning important matters (Oppenheimer 2007). The chain of hotels allowed each property to have its own style that is not similar to the chain. Hotels affiliated to the company have the freedom to make independent decisions according to the environment they are operating. He allowed individual managers to evaluate the local market and develop the most suitable plan of action. This enabled the Hilton International to be the best hotel chain in the world. Individual properties were able to offer customized services according to customer demands.
Hilton was successful in every financial venture that he made. He successfully managed to run his father`s store at a young age up to the time he joined politics. Despite having a plan to invest in the bank industry, successfully change to the hotel industry and established a business that became one of the world leading companies. Hilton took a risk to start a new business which he had very little knowledge about. He was focused on what he wanted and was determined to attain success in all his ventures. As a result, Hilton has created a lasting impact on the entire hospitality industry that is admired by many (Sarros and Santora 2001). The company has set hotel accommodation standards used


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