Use leadership concepts to systematically evaluate your leadership and your relationship with your followers. Specifically, think about a time when you were in a leadership position and when you had to influence others. For example, you can talk about a situation that happened in school (e.g., group project, school event) or outside of school (e.g., summer jobs, internships, volunteer work). Address and evaluate your leadership behaviors/style and your relationship with your followers. Please arrange your paper in the following way:
Skills approach (CH 3)
Situational approach (CH 5)/ Path-goal theory (CH 6)
LMX theory (CH 7)
Transformational leadership (CH 8)
Servant Leadership (CH 10)
For each theory, please do the following:
Make sure you explain and support your claims by making sure you provide specific examples and relate them to leadership theories. Include other class principles or motivational/leadership theories to support your statements, when appropriate.
Example #1: Saying “I had an in-group relationship with my followers” will not earn you full points. Instead, elaborate on how you know which type of a relationship you had, how your followers showed that, how you showed that, etc.
Example #2: Saying “My participatory leadership style works best with individuals who are willing and able to do work” will also not earn you full points. Instead, explain why your participatory style is conducive to working with individuals who are willing and able to do work.
Your paper will be evaluated on the depth of your analyses. If another theory is obvious and you do not discuss it, you will be penalized.
Make a coherent story by relating theories to each other and tightening the description of your analyses, and the theoretical background.
Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and sentence construction. This is not a writing course, but I do care about details.
To communicate effectively as a leader, it’s important to be concise and remove all clutter. Therefore, your leadership paper should be maximum 3 typed pages (excluding possible references) in length, double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font. Hence, this is also an exercise in getting your message across in a space-efficient manner.
Don’t Plagiarize! In academia, one of the worst sins you can commit is to plagiarize. To plagiarize means claiming someone else’s ideas or writing as your own. When you don’t acknowledge that you are using someone else’s ideas or writing, that is plagiarism. In academic writing, you acknowledge the ideas of others by citing them in the body of your paper and in the bibliography. The use of unacknowledged ideas or writing is plagiarism. This includes published works, but also includes using papers written by other students.
Don’t procrastinate! The due date for your leadership paper will arrive rapidly and it will coincide with other demands in this course, such as preparing your groups’ presentation, as well as demands in your other courses.