This paper (due by midnight 1/14/08) is based on my class "Leadership for Organizations" and the book: Yukl, G. (2006). Leadership In Organizations (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. One or two other outside resources would be welcome to be used (articles, etc).
I will email scanned pertinent parts of the book to you that you will need for the paper. I will also email you my previous writings in the class that relate to these topics, as it will give you guidance on my personal experience with these topics. I am not worried about the formatting style of the paper, just content. I have titled my paper "Experience and Application of Leadership Skills". I also have setup the following draft outline, although it does not have to be "set in stone":
Throughout my career, I have worked with numerous people utilizing many different types of leadership styles. I have observed different levels of leadership effectiveness, and sometimes have had the opportunity to demonstrate leadership ability myself. This paper will attempt to present some background information on various leadership theories, concepts such as power and influence, and tying this knowledge with personal experience. It will also discuss how this new knowledge of leadership skills and effectiveness can be applied towards attaining future goals
in my personal career path.
The two leadership theories that I personally identify with the most are the path-goal
theory and cognitive resources theory.
Theory of Leadership
Cognitive Resources Theory
POWER AND INFLUENCE
PAPER INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY INSTRUCTOR:
The Reflective Paper should demonstrate understanding of the reading assignments as well as the implications of new knowledge. The eight-page paper should integrate readings and class discussions into work and life experience. It may include explanation and examples from previous experience as well as implications for future
The purpose of the Reflective Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by describing your understanding and application of knowledge in organizational leadership.
Focus of the Reflective Paper:
During this course, you have studied leadership in organizations. You have also engaged in reflection about the leaders in your life thus far and how you will demonstrate your own leadership behavior in the future
. The focus of the Reflective Paper requires that you synthesize your learning and reflection in the context of the university and program outcomes.
In your Reflective Paper, describe specific ways you will apply two or three of the program outcomes in order to achieve your personal and professional goals
. Explain how particular theory and insights gained from this course will help you succeed. For your convenience, the program outcomes are listed below:
1. Explain the primary leadership theories that are used in for profit and non-profit organizations.
2. Explain applications of various leadership theories in business settings.
3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary leadership models.
*4. Explain the affect of power and influence on leadership.
5. Define the significance of leadership in initiating and managing change within organizations.
6. Analyze the ways leadership is affected by corporate culture, personal values, globalization and outcomes performance.
*7. Explain the centrality that ethics has to leadership within organizations.
*8. Explain the presence of gender issues relating to leadership.
*9. Demonstrate effective application of a personal leadership perspective.
*I would focus on these points mostly.
Writing the Reflective Paper:
* Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
* Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
* Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
* Must use APA style as outlined in your approved style guide to document all sources.
* Must include, on the final page, a Reference List that is completed according to APA style as outlined in your approved style guide.
Paper Grading Criteria
The paper is clear, engaging, original, and focused; ideas and content are richly developed with details and examples. Organization and form enhance the central idea and theme; ideas are presented coherently to move the reader through the text. The voice of the writer is compelling and conveys the writer’s meaning through effective sentence structure and precise word choices. The writer successfully moves the paper through academic constructs and experiential documentation to critical analysis. The paper demonstrates a clear balance of these three components.
The paper is reasonably clear, focused, and well supported; ideas are adequately developed through details and examples. Organization and form are appropriate, and ideas are generally presented coherently. The voice of the writer contributes to the writer’s meaning through appropriate and varied sentence structure and word choices. Surface features do not interfere with understanding or distract from meaning. The writer has clearly brought the reader through properly cited academic constructs and experiential documentation, but has not fully developed the area of critical analysis.
The paper has some focus and support; ideas and content may be developed with limited details and examples. The writing may be somewhat disorganized or too obviously structured. The voice of the writer is generally absent; basic sentence structure and limited vocabulary convey a simple message. Surface feature errors may reduce understanding and interfere with meaning. The content areas of academic constructs are limited and large generalizations are made. Critical analysis is all but absent from the paper.
The paper has little focus and development; few details and examples support ideas and content. There is little discernible shape and no direction. The writer’s tone is flat. Awkward sentence structure and inadequate vocabulary interfere with understanding. Limited control of surface features makes paper difficult to read. Critical analysis is absent, and segments of the paper are given to rambling descriptions of life experience without academic context.
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