Assignment 2: Leader Profile

Assignment 2: Leader Profile

Many argue that the single largest variable in organizational success  is leadership. Effective leadership can transform an organization and  create a positive environment for all stakeholders. In this assignment,  you will have the chance to evaluate a leader and identify what makes  him/her effective.

Consider all the leaders who have affected your life in some way.  Think of people with whom you work—community leaders, a family member,  or anyone who has had a direct impact on you.

  • Choose one leader you consider to be effective. This can be a leader  you are personally aware of, or someone you don’t know, but have  observed to be an effective leader. Write a paper addressing the  following:
    • Explain how this leader has influenced you and why you think he or she is effective.
    • Analyze what characteristics or qualities this person possesses that affected you most.
    • Rate this leader by using a leadership scorecard. This can be a  developed scorecard, or one you develop yourself. If you use a developed  scorecard, please be sure to cite the sources of the scorecard. Once  you have identified your scorecard, rate your leader. You decide what  scores to include (for example, scale of 1–5, 5 being the highest) but  be sure to assess the leader holistically across the critical leadership  competencies you feel are most important (for example, visioning,  empowering, strategy development and communication).
    • Critique this individual’s skills against what you have learned about leadership so far in this course. Consider the following:
      • How well does he/she meet the practices covered in your required readings?
      • How well has he/she adapted to the challenges facing leaders today?
      • If you could recommend changes to his/her leadership approach, philosophy, and style, what would you suggest? Why?
  • Using the assigned readings, the Argosy University online library  resources, and the Internet including general organizational sources  like the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, or Harvard Business Review,  build a leadership profile of the leader you selected. Include  information from personal experiences as well as general postings on the  selected leader from Internet sources such as blogs. Be sure to include  2–3 additional resources not already included in the required readings  in support of your leadership profile.

Write a 3–5-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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