You will be
graded on your critical thinking: the ability to state your position and
provide an event in your leader’s life (before they made their decision) that
supports your position. This is not a history lesson, nor is it a biography.
Be sure your cover
page includes the course number and name, your name, date, and your professor’s
name. The 9-12 pages does not include your cover page and reference page.
The bulk of
your emphasis should be on strengths and weaknesses (the traits that made your
leader effective and the traits that made your leader ineffective), ethics, your
analysis of that decision, and especially the lessons you learned from this research. Spend very little time in your
paper on the background and the situation; we already know about it from your
Week 2 DQ. This is not a biography, therefore utilize your critical thinking
skills to explain why your leader’s actions caused the result they did. The
lessons you learned and how you can apply those lessons to improve your own
leadership acumen will carry the most weight.
This is the situation
that you are exploring; the situation that your case study focuses on. Give us
enough detail to understand what happened, yet not too much to overwhelm us.
Don’t make us think about what is important – that is providing too much
detail. You want us to be able to remember the situation as we read the
remainder of your paper. Be sure to cite your sources.
Leadership strengths and
This is the section where you identify the strengths of your leader (those traits that made your leader effective), along with their character traits that worked against them (made them ineffective). Think of the leaders in “How the Mighty Fall” and use those steps in either the positive or the negative manner. You can also go to www.kevan.org/johari and www.kevan.org/nohari for additional traits. You must supply more than one strength and more than one weakness.
Ethics and community
boundaries did your leader come close to or cross – or which ones did they hold
fast to? How did these actions affect the community in which they live and
work? Be sure to explain the results of their ethical or unethical actions.
Conjecture about “had they done this ….” or other such thoughts should be in
the Results and lessons learned section.
their organization (or the environment in which your leader operated) permitted
/ inhibited / promoted or otherwise had an effect or an influence on the
situation and the leader’s actions? Was there no check-and-balance? Was the
culture more authoritarian and less participative? Were employees (including
upper level management) concerned about retaliations if they spoke up?
How did their
traits and ethics influence the decision they made? This section is a shorter
section (you have already provided evidence for your analyses) and is a summary
of their traits and ethics. Your emphasis should be on the traits and what role
those traits played in the decision they made.
Using your critical thinking skills, analyze their decisions and state why you believe they took the action they did. Provide evidence for both the decision and your reasoning. Be sure to cite your sources.
Based on your
research and analysis, answer these three questions:
your leader effective in this situation? Why or why not?
strength or trait of theirs was the strongest, and what effect did it have this
will you incorporate #2 into your leadership acumen?
references you used should be listed here in APA format. They should be listed
alphabetically by author.
**Be sure to cite all your
*Paper needs to be
written as a Case Study
* Person is on Henry Ford and his decision to double wages for employees. focus on the culture prior to and after the decision. also focus on his employment of critical thinking to make this decision.