Assignments

Schedule of Assignments

May 18 - Reflection 1 - Leadership Log
June 1- Reflection 2 - What's In Your Way?
June 15 - Shackleton Case Study Paper and Presentation
July 1 - Reflection 3 - In-Class "What Motivates?"
July 13 - Critical Essay
July 22 - Team Teaching Assignment
July 27, 2:20pm - Final Exam Due

 

I. Weekly exercises / homework / leadership reflection papers / case studies / participation:

Students will complete a one to two-page leadership reflection paper four times (12 point font, double-spaced, 1 inch margins) in which they critically reflect on some aspect of leadership that they have seen or participated in. The reflection paper could identify an aspect of the material we are covering for the week and/or a significant
learning point the student has experienced.

Assignments must be typed and turned in to the instructor on time. Class participation and discussion will be expected on all assignments, exercises, and topics as they are outlined in this syllabus. This course makes use of case studies to reinforce leadership theory and principles. The intent of the case method is to allow the student to compare theory to actual situations, and thus internalize the lessons of the case In general; case studies will be limited to one per week. Students will be expected to read and prepare for each case assigned. The instructor will make specific assignments for each case during the semester.

*Leadership reflection papers, simulations, case study discussion, and other participation will count for 20% of the grade for this class.

II. Critical Essay:

Option 1: Examine a famous leader applying concepts and theories explored in this course. Folow this outline: a.) Open your essay with an opening paragraph describing the leader and summarizing the leadership theory that you will be addressing. (Keep the background information very brief. This is not a biographical sketch.) b.) Name three specific leadership skills, three specific leadership behaviors and three specific leadership traits of this leader. c.)Name the leadership skill, leadership behavior and leadership trait that you think best explains the success of this leader, and explain why. d.) apply this leader's approach or style to one of the leadership theories discussed in this course. e.) Explain why this leadership style or approach has been successful for this leader and make logical arguments supporting your case. f.) Write a summarizing paragraph. Cite at least one direct quote from the Northouse textbook and one from the Kouzes textbook (include citation with page number). Direct quotes should be short (no more than one sentence) and should be noted with quotation marks. g.) Include at least one chart or table to explain a salient leadership point about this leader one that was created by you (the student) in this Critical Essay. Paper must be typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, 10-12 pages. (Page count does not include title page or reference list.) Use the description of this assignment to create an outline for this paper. Include an introductory and concluding paragraph. This Critical Essay will count for 25% of the course grade.

Option 2: Recent unfortunate events in Charleston, SC have given rise to a controversy over the legitimacy of government sponsored display of the Confederate battle flag. Some have decried the flag as a blatant symbol of racial hatred, while others argue that the flag is a symbol of southern heritage. You are a recently elected public official in a southern state and feel strongly that your state should not sanction the display of the flag and should enact legislative measures that would remove it from public display. Examine this issue applying concepts and theories explored in this course. Follow this outline: a.) Open your essay with an opening paragraph describing you as a leader in this context and summarizing the leadership theory (ies) that you will be addressing. b.) Name three specific leadership skills, three specific leadership behaviors and three specific leadership traits (and why) that you will need to employ in order to successfully address this issue. c.) Name the leadership skill, leadership behavior and leadership trait that you think will best explains your success, and explain why. d.) apply your approach or style to one of the leadership theories discussed in this course. e.) Explain why this leadership style or approach will be successful for you and make logical arguments supporting your case. f.) Write a summarizing paragraph. Cite at least one direct quote from the Northouse textbook and one from the Kouzes textbook (include citation with page number). Direct quotes should be short (no more than one sentence) and should be noted with quotation
marks. g.) Include at least one chart or table to explain a salient leadership point about your approach — one that was created by you (the student) — in this Critical Essay. Paper must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 10-12 pages. (Page count does not include title page or reference list.) Use the description of this assignment to create an outline for this paper. Include an introductory and concluding paragraph. This Critical Essay will count for 25% of the course grade.
 

III. Comprehensive Exam:

The course will include a Comprehensive Examination. This exam will cover material presented in the two textbooks. It will test the students' understanding of the theoretical aspects of leadership and their ability to apply these theories in practical situations. This Comprehensive Exam will be worth 20% of the students' final grade.

IV. Shackleton Case Study:

Instructions for this assignment will be given in class. It is worth 20% of your final grade.

V. Group Project:

Each group will be responsible for developing, designing, and presenting a leadership workshop. Each group will select a topic or skill that they wish to instruct the class in and will run the workshop during one of the class periods. Topic selections will be made by the end of the sixth week of classes. The workshop should take 20 minutes to complete, with time for critique and de-brief after the workshop. The workshop should follow the same format as the methodology for the class (theory, experience, reflection/feedback), although the order may be different depending on the intent of the workshop. Each group can use the medium of their choice to communicate
the content and deliver the learning outcomes. A suggested format for the workshop includes:

  • Subject
  • Why Important
  • Key Learning Objectives
  • Exercise or Learning Opportunity
  • De-brief and Reflection Implications for Leadership

All workshops should be self-contained and not require any outside reading by the rest of the class. They should be of a format that allows them to start and finish within the timeframe of one-half class period, and they must take place in the classroom. Groups will provide the instructor with a 3-4-page paper citing the importance of this topic to leadership, why it was chosen, what real-world problems it could likely address, and how you might go about introducing this concept or technique in a large organization.

The importance of participation in this group assignment cannot be over-stated. This interaction provides the basis for several assessments and learning opportunities about teamwork and collaboration that are not replicated elsewhere in the course. These classroom workshops will be scheduled during the semester. The instructor and TA will be available for coaching each team regarding their presentation. The workshop is worth 15% of your final grade.