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2.2 Discussion: What Is Leadership

 

Getting Started

Recognizing good organizational leader characteristics is important, not only to ensure that your leadership style is benefiting the organization but also to identify these characteristics in others so they can provide the greatest service to the organization.

This assignment is a continuation of material from Chapter 1 and your 1.2 Discussion. This material will help you understand organizational leader characteristics as you consider and defend your perspectives and consider those of your peers.

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate leadership styles.

Resources

  • Textbook: Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience

Background Information

In this discussion, you will consider the various definitions of leadership as provided in the textbook from the authors’ review of literature in the field of leadership. You will also explore the concept of leadership as both rational and emotional as well as the differences between the roles of a manager versus the roles of a leader.

The concept of followership is also introduced in this assignment’s reading from the textbook, as well as the growing role of women in leadership positions and responsibilities.

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Review Chapter 1, “What Do We Mean by Leadership?”, in our textbook. As you review, reflect upon the definitions of leadership and how these definitions and other aspects of leadership add to your prior understanding of a leader’s role in an organization. 
  3. Conduct a critical analysis of the postings by two of your classmates from the posts submitted in 1.2 by the end of the workshop and should be written as if you were reviewing their posting in an academic journal. Your discussion response should, therefore, answer the following questions as applicable:
    1. Were three leadership definitions clearly defined with examples and clear, insightful critical thinking? Comment on two of the three definitions of leadership presented in the post of your classmates. Do you agree or disagree with their interpretation of the definition of leadership? Provide rationale from personal examples or subject matter expert opinions. 
    2. Did the discussion of leadership as an art or a science include a detailed explanation that demonstrates clear, insightful critical thinking? Review your classmates’ posts. Does their explanation support defining leadership as either an “art” or a “science”? Explain. 
    3. Was the concept of spiritual gifts effectively discussed, relating the concept to that of leadership styles?   
    4. In addition to commenting on the critical thinking displayed in the post, offer your comments on the original post and provide your overall agreement or disagreement with the poster’s concept of leadership. Your response to each question above should be one paragraph in length and cite one academic source.   
  4. Interactions are expected to: 
    1. Clearly and thoroughly address the prompt(s) with meaningful information that shows critical thinking. 
    2. Introduce your own ideas and questions to add greater depth to the discussion, rather than restating what your classmates have shared. (Include much more than “Great post,” or “I agree.”) 
    3. Refer to relevant course concepts as you discuss your learning together. 
    4. Develop insightful conversation by directly addressing your classmates’ ideas. 
    5. Demonstrate professionalism. 
  5. Your response posts are due by the end of the workshop.

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2.3 Assignment: Power and Influence

 

Getting Started

In this assignment, you will write an essay on the concepts of power and influence, contrasting what you learned in Chapter 4 of our textbook with principles of servant leadership from the supplemental resources noted below. This assignment should cause you to reflect on how the proper use of power and influence can enhance the leader’s ability to effectively lead.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

  • Discuss similarities and differences between servant leadership and other leadership styles.

Resources

  • Textbook: Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience
  • Video: Ken Blanchard – Servant Leadership
  • Video: Why good leaders make you feel safe – Simon Sinek
  • Article: “Servant Leadership: How to Put Your People Before Yourself”

Background Information

It has been said that leadership, simply stated, is influence, the ability to use a position of leadership to influence behavior and positive change within an organization. Many leaders, of course, have different perceptions of how to influence others, utilizing power in negative ways rather than positive ways. The concept of servant leadership emphasizes the positive ways in which a leader can influence followers and initiate positive change within an organization.

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read Chapter 4, “Power and Influence”, in our textbook.
  3. Watch the video Ken Blanchard – Servant Leadership.
  4. Watch the video Why good leaders make you feel safe – Simon Sinek.
  5. Review the article “Servant Leadership: How to Put Your People Before Yourself”.
  6. Reflect upon the concepts of a leader’s power and influence, in particular how the ideas from servant leadership enhance this aspect of a leader’s abilities and success.
  7. Write a paper incorporating information from our textbook and the supplemental material on servant leadership:
    1. Compare and contrast the concepts of power and influence as discussed in the textbook with what you discover about servant leadership from the supplemental readings above. Provide a detailed explanation for your evaluation that demonstrates clear, insightful critical thinking.
    2. Give an example from your personal experience where you did not agree with the exercise of power and influence. Would the application of servant leadership principles have affected the outcome? Why or why not? Provide a detailed explanation for your evaluation that demonstrates clear, insightful critical thinking.
  8. Your paper should be 400–500 words in length. Use proper spelling, grammar, and APA style in your paper and for any sources cited. For questions on APA style, go to OCLS APA Writing Styles Guides.
  9. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor by the end of the workshop.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/07/19/servant-leadership-how-to-put-your-people-before-yourself/#1c67de1c66bc

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2.4 Assignment: Ethics and Values

 

Getting Started

In this assignment, you will discuss the principles of ethics and values described in Chapter 5 of our textbook, applying those principles to your workplace and experience.

Leaders are continually required to make decisions that fall into areas where there is no one “right” answer.

Knowing how to analyze these situations from a moral and ethical framework will assist the leader in more effectively leading and, in some cases, keep the leader from having to defend against charges of ethics violations.

As Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (New International Version).

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

  • Analyze ethical and moral implications of a leadership situation.

Resources

  • Textbook: Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience
  • Article: Virtuous Leaders and Organization
  • Article: Making Business Virtuous 

Background Information

According to our textbook, “Leaders face dilemmas that require choices between competing sets of values and priorities, and the best leaders recognize and face them with a commitment to doing what is right, not just what is expedient” (Hughes, Ginnett, & Curphy, 2019, p. 143).

The authors provide a theoretical and practical framework for leadership values and ethics, providing the reader with helpful information on subjects such as moral and ethical reasoning, the concepts of authentic and servant leadership, leading by example, creating and sustaining an ethical climate, and principle-centered leadership.

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read Chapter 5, “Values, Ethics, and Character” in our textbook. As you read, reflect on how a leader can effectively influence an organization’s commitment to ethics, values, and moral behavior. In that chapter, the authors refer to the research of Rushworth Kidder, who identified four ethical dilemmas that are common to our personal and organizational experience, including three principles for resolving ethical dilemmas.
  3. From the Spring 2017 issue of The DeVoe Report, read the article by Dr. Mark Brooker and Dr. Jeffrey Boyce, “Virtuous Leaders & Organizations.”
  4. Review the article Making Business Virtuous.
  5. While the 2.4 Assessment is not required, you are encouraged to access the questions, engage with the material, and assess your knowledge about Virtuous Business before moving on to instructions 6–9. This exercise is an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of this as well as future assignments.  As you complete this assessment, consider the following:
    1. Would a virtuous leader question the morality of an existing or potential law? 
    2. Would a virtuous leader hire a lobbyist to delay or kill costly but morally and ethically appropriate legislation?
    3. Would a virtuous leader violate virtuous principles, even if legal, when doing business in foreign countries?
    4. How is Servant Leadership related to Virtuous Business?
  6. After completing the 2.4 Assessment and reflecting on the questions above, write a paper incorporating information from our textbook and the supplemental readings. Be sure to provide detailed explanations for your evaluations that demonstrate clear, insightful critical thinking.
    1. Describe your personal experiences with one or more of the ethical dilemmas described by Kidder and how they were resolved or should have been resolved.
    2. How can an ethical and values-driven corporate culture influence the effective outcome of ethical dilemmas, and what is the leader’s responsibility in developing that culture? 
    3. Provide at least two citations from the “Making Business Virtuous” white paper which support your explanation.
  7. Your paper should be 400–500 words in length.
  8. Use proper spelling, grammar, and APS style in your paper and for any sources cited. For questions on APA style, go to OCLS APA Writing Styles Guides.
  9. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor by the end of the workshop.