Be sure your cover page includes the course number and name, your name, date, and your professor’s name. The 7-10 pages does not include your cover page, abstract, references and appendices (if used).
Abstract is on its own page – this is a one paragraph summary of your report.
The bulk of your emphasis should be on strengths and weaknesses, ethics, organizational culture, the decisions your leader made and your analysis of that decision, and especially the lessons you learned from this research. Spend very little time in your paper and in your presentation on the background and the situation. 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.
(Note: Please use headings for the sections below. They correspond to each seminar’s discussions, discussion questions and journals).
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.
Leadership strengths and weaknesses
This is the section where you identify the successes of the leader on their way to becoming the leader or the head of the company, department, etc. in your situation, along with their strengths they exhibited while at their helm. This section also includes the missteps, assumptions, and other errors they made that caused their demise, or their actions that showed their character strength and other positive leader attributes. Think of the leaders in “How the Might Fall” and use those steps in either the positive or the negative manner.
Ethics and community
What ethical 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.
What about 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?
What factors did you leader consider when making their decisions? Did the economy, rules and regulations, war and conflict, or ‘accepted standards of practice’ influence their actions? What other events were occurring in the world that affected your leader’s actions?
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.
Results and my lessons learned
What were the results and/or outcomes of your leader’s actions? What lessons did they learn, and most importantly, what lessons did you learn because of this? How do your lessons learned relate to your ORGL classes and your own leadership experiences?
All references you used should be listed here in APA format. They should be listed alphabetically by author. Use the Purdue Owl or www.worldcat.org for format.
Appendix if necessary
If you would like to include charts, graphs or transcripts of interviews, etc. – this is where they are inserted. Be certain to state the relevance between each item and your paper.
**Be sure to cite all your sources**
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