identify a person who you consider to be a successful or effective leader. This could be someone you work with or for (for example: business, professional, sport, volunteer work, religious organisations etc.) or anyone who through some association you judge to be a good leader. It needs to be someone you can observe in person or from your past experience, not a public figure or someone you have read about.
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In your observation, critically analyse:
- What you perceive this person’s leadership traits and behaviours;
- How he/she uses power and influence tactics to make him/her an effective leader; and
- Whether the person changes his/her leadership in various situations.
You must be able to apply theories/concepts/models covered in this course to support your observation.
Chosen Leader : Managing Director of Marketing Communication of Panasonic Singapore
As simple observation will not capture the complexities of leadership, talk to the leader. In terms of an interview, imagine you have talked to your chosen leader to describe his/her leadership behaviours, traits and his/her use of power and influence tactics, whether and how he/she changes his/her leadership in various situations and see if his/her feedback can confirm your findings from your earlier observation. Using the ideas and knowledge you have gained from the course to guide you, but keeping your questions open ended. Also, ask them ‘what they think are the characteristics of a good and effective leader’. Try to be specific – a good way to do this is to imagine their initial responses, that they give examples or share stories that illustrate when they felt they displayed good and effective leadership. Then, in their point of view try to focus on the traits and behaviours that enabled them to be an effective leader. Come up with your own perception of ‘what they think it takes to lead successfully based on their experience and what not to do’. Again, you must demonstrate your ability to critically analyse the theories, models, and concepts to support your conclusions.
Self-Reflection & Recommendation
Reflect on what you have learned from the first two stages, critically analyse and discuss:
- What have you learnt about the complexities of leadership (critically comparing what theory says and what you found i.e. do your findings support the theories covered in the course?)
- Given what you have found, how might your own leadership practice be improved as a result of undertaking this assessment?
- Based on your observation and feedback from your role model, what recommendations would you give him/her to improve their leadership effectiveness?
This assignment should have the following format:
2) Body with headings and sub-headings (i.e. Observation, Feedback, Reflection)
5) Questions used in the feedback stage
6) Appendix (if any)
Note: 4) , 5) and 6) are not included in the word count.
It is expected that you will use at least 10 academic references, preferably refereed journal/research articles. Websites, such as Wikipedia, will not be accepted, other than for providing general details of the leaders and these will not be counted in the minimum references required. Correct and thorough referencing will be a key evaluation element. The quality of your sources will also be considered in the evaluation of your assignment. Please ensure that your spelling, grammar and syntax are correct before you submit your essay. Your tutor will advise on a variety of support services such as SLAMS and the SLC. Further information about referencing style is available in the RMIT Business Referencing Guidelines. For Harvard style referencing (intext and list of references) refer to easycite
- Questions used in the feedback stage must be included in the Appendix section (after ‘Reference List’).
- In order to comply with RMIT’s Electronic Submission of Assignments Policy, student will be required to submit a soft copy of the assignment through the myRMIT Canvas site.
- Observation – Ability to critically analyse and describe in detail of the leader’s leadership behaviours, traits and his/her use of power and influence tactics and contingency/situational leadership;
- Observation – Demonstrate a good understanding of relevant leadership theories/issues referred to the observation.
- Feedback – Key leadership issues expertly presented and supported by feedback results
- Feedback – Accurate knowledge and understanding of relevant leadership theories/issues referred to the feedback.
- Feedback – Ability to critically analyse, compare and confirm between the observation and feedback results.
- Reflection – Ability to demonstrate learning about the complexities of leadership (e.g. critically comparing theories and findings)
- Reflection – Ability to identify areas of leadership self-improvement.
- Reflection – Ability to provide recommendations to the chosen leader to improve their leadership effectiveness
- Quality and Quantity of references (minimum 10 references, excluding internet websites)
- Overall presentation