Discussion: Interpersonal Organization
Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, whether they are historical figures, industry pillars, or leaders we know personally. Leadership of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Margaret Thatcher has been extensively studied and debated. You may, however, have interacted with leaders who you believe demonstrated equally competent leadership without ever having a book written about their methods.
What distinguishes great leaders? Of course, every leader is unique, but one thing that all great leaders have in common is the
leadership philosophy that they develop and practice. A leadership philosophy is essentially a mindset held by leaders that serves as a guiding principle for their actions. While formal theories of leadership evolve over time, great leaders appear to follow an overarching philosophy that guides their actions.
What is your management philosophy? In this Assignment, you will investigate what influences your own leadership.
To Get Ready:
Identify two to three scholarly resources that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments, in addition to the readings in this Module.
Consider the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources you chose to review.
Consider your CliftonStrengths Assessment results and how they relate to your leadership characteristics.
The Task (two to three pages):
Personal Leadership Theories
Create and submit a personal leadership philosophy that reflects your ideas about what makes a good leader. Use the scholarly resources on leadership that you chose to back up your philosophy statement. The following should be included in your personal leadership philosophy:
A statement about your core values
A personal mission statement/vision statement
An examination of your CliftonStrengths Assessment that summarizes the outcomes of your profile
Describe two key behaviors that you want to improve.
A development plan that explains how you intend to improve on the two key behaviors you chose, as well as how you intend to achieve your personal vision. Provide specifics and examples.
Include your colleagues’ feedback on your CliftonStrengths Assessment from Module 2 Discussion.
You should proofread your paper. However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer as a result. Papers with a high number of misspelled words and grammatical errors will be penalized. Before submitting your paper, go over it in silence and then aloud, and make any necessary changes. It is often beneficial to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Uncorrected mistakes are preferable to handwritten corrections.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point typeface (10 to 12 characters per inch). Smaller or compressed type, as well as papers with narrow margins or single spacing, are difficult to read. It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended number of pages rather than attempting to compress it into fewer pages.
Large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are also unacceptable, waste trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, and have a one-inch margin on all four sides of each page. When submitting hard copies, use white paper and print with dark ink. It will be difficult to follow your argument if it is difficult to read your essay.