SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP

One of the more contemporary styles of leadership is “situational leadership” In this assignment, you will choose a CEO from a top company and analyze his/her leadership style through the lens of situational leadership

Case Assignment

Drawing on the material in the background readings and doing additional research, prepare a 5- to 6-page paper (not including the cover and reference pages)

Using the framework of Situational Leadership, analyze the leadership style of a contemporary CEO from one of the top 10 companies listed in Fortune Magazine’s Best Companies to Work for in 2016

Keys to the Assignment

Go to Fortune Magazines Top 100 Companies to Work For 2016 and choose a company from the Top 10

Research the company, then answer the following questions

Which of the situational leadership styles exemplifies this company?

What is the added value of this leadership style?

What impact does this leadership style have on the organization’s overall image?

Contrast this leadership style with Express Scripts, named the worst company in America to work for by glassdoorcom

Based on your experiences and research, what kind of leadership style is needed to promote efficiency in an organization?

Whatcontingencies affect this outcome? Justify your response?

These are not the only things that must be covered, but just the minimum You are encouraged to go deeper with the assignment and use your critical thinking skills to ascertain what other areas are important in making a company one of the top ones in which to work

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the following five criteria:

Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth):

Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic?

Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?

Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth):

Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions?

Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?

Business Writing (Clarity and Organization):

Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well organized)?

Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work?

Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?

Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy and References):

Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by the student’s use of relevant and quality sources?

Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?

Citing Sources:

Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate?

Have all sources (eg, references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited?

Have all end references been included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?

Tips and Suggestions

Please note the following tips and suggestions:

Include a cover page and reference page, in addition to the 5-6 pages of analysis described above

Include headings for all papers greater than 2 pages (basically all papers)

Cite and reference all sources that you use in your work, including those that you paraphrase, but do not quote This means include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words, and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or paraphrased from other sources

Follow the TUI Guidelines for well-written papers Submit your analysis by the end of this module

Module 1 – SLP

SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP STYLES, ARISTOTLE AND LEADERSHIP, AND LEADERSHIP VS MANAGEMENT

The purpose of the Session Long Project in Trident University International classes is to give you the opportunity to explore the applicability of the Module to your own life and work, and to see how the otherwise academically rigorous presentation of a topic may, with more or less work and/or trauma, become “up close and personal” This is done in a number of different ways — sometimes cumulative papers, sometimes practical hands-on experimentation with a tool of some sort, sometimes reflections on a place of work or life The common thread is personal application, aimed at demonstrating a cumulative knowledge and understanding of the course’s material

In each module, you will complete an assessment and/or situation diagnostics focusing on some aspect of leadership You will then be asked to create a plan by which you can “grow” your strengths and develop your weaknesses By the end of the course and the project, you will have a better understanding of strategic leadership and how to use leadership to influence followers

Background

Martin Luther King was one of the great orators of the 20th century, and his style has been used as a model for many, including President Barack Obama In this SLP assignment, you will analyze MLK’s style and compare it to your own

Session Long Project

Then, drawing on the material in the background readings and doing additional research, write a 2- to 3-page paper in which you:

Analyze the leadership and oratory styles of Martin Luther King, Jr through the lens of ethos, logos, and pathos, and compare his styles to your own What could you do to strengthen your own skills at influence and persuasion?

Keys to the Assignment

The key aspects of this assignment that, at a minimum, should be covered in your paper include:

Examples of how Martin Luther King used ethos, logos, and pathos in his powerful and highly influential letter

How do you/can you incorporate what you have learned about ethos, logos, and pathos into your own leadership activities to increase your influence as a leader?

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the following five criteria:

Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth):

Does the paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic?

Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?

Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth):

Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions?


Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?

Business Writing (Clarity and Organization): Is the paper well written (clear, developed logically, and well organized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to the Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of direct quotations?

Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy and References):

Does the paper demonstrate that the student has read, understood, and can apply the background materials for the module? If required, has the student demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by the student’s use of relevant and quality sources?

Do additional sources used in the paper provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?

Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of referencing by inclusion of proper end references and in-text citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate?

Have allsources (eg, references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these properly cited?

Have all end references been included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?

Tips and Suggestions

Please note the following tips and suggestions:

Include a cover page and reference page, in addition to the 2-3 pages of analysis described above

Include headings for all papers greater than 2 pages (basically all papers), but do not use headings as “space fillers“

You are expected to deal with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a series of individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that You should synthesize information and present a concise and meaningful paper

Cite and reference all sources that you use in your work, including those that you paraphrase but do not quote This means include citations and quotation marks for direct quotes of more than 5 words, and citations for that information which you have “borrowed” or paraphrased from other sources

Follow the TUI Guidelines for well-written papers

Upload your assignment by the end of this module

Module 2 – Case

SERVANT LEADERSHIP, LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION, AND ORGANIZATIONS AS SYSTEMS

Background

In the movie Peaceful Warrior, the character “Socrates” (as played by Nick Nolte) says, “There’s no greater purpose than service to others” This is the premise upon which servant leadership is based However, in today’s economy, we see many leaders who are motivated by money, power, and prestige, but not by serving others

Our forefathers, the first Presidents of the United States, were not motivated by money or the like, but out of a deep service to the establishment of this country This SLP will examine their leadership styles through the lens of the servant leader

Required Reading

Refer to the Background readings for this module

Case Assignment

Select one out of the first ten Presidents of the USA (George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, or John Tyler) who you consider to be an outstanding example of a servant leader. Then, prepare a 5- to 6-page paper (not including the cover and reference pages) in which you Analyze the leadership style of your selected President in terms of the Servant Leadership model, and critically comment on whether this approach would be effective in today’s world

Keys to the Assignment

The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include:

Conduct independent research on this individual and create a profile of this leader

What makes this person a servant leader?

Support your answerwith examples

Discuss the added value of a servant leader based upon your
leader’s profile

Fast forward to today

Do you think servant leaders are needed in all organizations?

What would an organization full of servant leaders be like?

Justify your response

What are the significant contingencies that would lean in favor or against servant leadership?

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the following five

criteria:

Assignment-Driven Criteria (Precision and Breadth): Does the
paper fully address all Keys to the Assignment? Are the concepts behind the
Keys to the Assignment addressed accurately and precisely using sound logic?
Does the paper meet minimum length requirements?

Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking and Depth):

Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions?

Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and analysis?

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