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General Guidelines   This assignment will involve examining how you perceive effective leadership at your workplace. You are encouraged to write in first-person as this is a reflective assignment.   Well-known leadership scholar Warren Bennis (1989) compared leadership to beauty in that it is “hard to define, but you know it when you see it” (p. 1). However, leadership is not easy to identify, nor is it simple to define. Leadership is one of the most studied phenomena in the social sciences and despite many definitions of leadership, an absence of a universal definition for the construct persists. Case in point, Rost (1991) identified more than 200 definitions of leadership in a review of the leadership literature. Leaders often receive credit and/or the consequences for team success or failure. Yet, some authors (Kouzes & Posner, 2007) argue that “leadership is in the eye of the follower” (p. 501).   Your perspective on effective leadership likely impacts your opinion regarding organizational leaders. Within your organization, identify an effective leader and detail what makes them a great leader; then, research the vast leadership literature (seriously, tons of it) and determine what theory, leadership model or framework this leaders is exhibiting. Why is it effective? When is it effective? What are the potential drawbacks of this leadership behavior?     Please be sure to use external sources from our readings or other peer-reviewed articles to help you describe any biases involved and frame the discussion. Again, for this assignment, you may  write in first-person (i.e. I, me, we, our) for this assignment ONLY. Your completed paper will be at least three with a maximum of five pages accepted. An introduction and conclusion are required. You are encouraged to read a little more about this topic and utilize research findings and other reputable sources to strengthen your arguments. There is no limit on the number of sources you can use.  Remember, you cannot use Wikipedia or Blogs as sources. General Style Guidelines   Your leadership reflection paper should:   Have a cover page (not included in the minimum page count expectations)   Be typed, double-spaced, with  1″ margins on all sides.   Make use of 12-point Times New Roman font consistently throughout the paper.   Include a page header (also known as the “running head”), this includes the title of your paper and a page number.   ·         To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER” in the header flush left using all capital letters.   Please remember that frequent and thorough use and citation of relevant course material (course material, slides and other related sources) are important to earn a high grade.  Reasons for citing include:   ·         Strengthens your arguments ·         Helps others view your writing as more than rhetoric ·         Gives credit to the works of others ·         Demonstrates mastery of course concepts

General Guidelines

This assignment will involve examining how you perceive effective leadership at your workplace. You are encouraged to write in first-person as this is a reflective assignment.

Well-known leadership scholar Warren Bennis (1989) compared leadership to beauty in that it is “hard to define, but you know it when you see it” (p. 1). However, leadership is not easy to identify, nor is it simple to define. Leadership is one of the most studied phenomena in the social sciences and despite many definitions of leadership, an absence of a universal definition for the construct persists. Case in point, Rost (1991) identified more than 200 definitions of leadership in a review of the leadership literature. Leaders often receive credit and/or the consequences for team success or failure. Yet, some authors (Kouzes & Posner, 2007) argue that “leadership is in the eye of the follower” (p. 501).

Your perspective on effective leadership likely impacts your opinion regarding organizational leaders. Within your organization, identify an effective leader and detail what makes them a great leader; then, research the vast leadership literature (seriously, tons of it) and determine what theory, leadership model or framework this leaders is exhibiting. Why is it effective? When is it effective? What are the potential drawbacks of this leadership behavior?

Please be sure to use external sources from our readings or other peer-reviewed articles to help you describe any biases involved and frame the discussion. Again, for this assignment, you may  write in first-person (i.e. I, me, we, our) for this assignment ONLY. Your completed paper will be at least three with a maximum of five pages accepted. An introduction and conclusion are required. You are encouraged to read a little more about this topic and utilize research findings and other reputable sources to strengthen your arguments. There is no limit on the number of sources you can use.  Remember, you cannot use Wikipedia or Blogs as sources.

If you choose to turn this assignment in late, a penalty or deduction of 25% per day will be imposed.  

Grading

This paper will be graded based on (1) comprehensiveness and accuracy of course concept applications, (2) breadth and depth reflection, (3) writing quality, and (4) formatting.  Frequent and thorough use and citation of relevant course material (course material, slides and other related sources) are important to earn a high grade. The reasons for citing include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthens your arguments
  • Helps others view your writing as more than rhetoric
  • Gives credit to the works of others
  • Demonstrates mastery of course concepts

Please use APA formatting.

An “A” paper addresses all aspects of the assignment clearly and specifically.  This paper explicitly demonstrates frequent and thorough use of relevant course material and outside sources. It is a well-organized, detailed, and well-written essay (including proper grammar, syntax, spelling, etc.). The paper is insightful, demonstrates mastery of both content and expression, and demonstrates high-level analysis. It may be three to five pages in length

A “B” paper is a well-handled response to the assignment but weak in some respects. For example, it may be lacking in terms of frequent and thorough use of relevant course material (e.g., presented as a rhetorical argument), it may slight one or two of the components (e.g., one section is not adequately covered), it may not be clearly organized, or it may have some inconsistencies in expression, such as grammatical or mechanical errors (e.g., lack of paragraph indents, use of long paragraphs with multiple topics, and use of contractions).  It may be three to five pages in length. Analysis and insight are evident, but not as well developed.

A “C” paper is minimally competent but deficient in either content or expression.  It might be descriptive with little or no analysis or use of course (and/or other) content; it might be general or superficial, or it might have sufficient errors in the mechanics and/or writing to interfere with the reader’s understanding. It may be written in a rhetorical fashion, without relying on adequate external sources. It may be three to five pages in length or lack an introduction and conclusion.

A “D” paper has serious weaknesses in both content and expression, such as major difficulties in development (details), structure (organization and transactions), or mechanics (syntax, spelling, punctuation, grammar). One or both of the sections may significantly under-developed, or one may be the focus of the paper. It may be less than three pages in length.

A “Zero” paper includes plagiarism or does not address the assignment prompts.

General Style Guidelines

Your leadership reflection paper should:

Have a cover page (not included in the minimum page count expectations)

Be typed, double-spaced, with  1″ margins on all sides.

Make use of 12-point Times New Roman font consistently throughout the paper.

Include a page header (also known as the “running head”), this includes the title of your paper and a page number.

  • To create a page header/running head, insert page numbers flush right. Then type “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER” in the header flush left using all capital letters.

Please remember that frequent and thorough use and citation of relevant course material (course material, slides and other related sources) are important to earn a high grade.  Reasons for citing include:

  • Strengthens your arguments
  • Helps others view your writing as more than rhetoric
  • Gives credit to the works of others
  • Demonstrates mastery of course concepts

I have uploaded a citation chart from Purdue OWL (great writing resource) in the course content tab that should help.

Any questions please feel free to reach out.

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