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Leadership Project (Part 2): Leadership Interview and Reflection Paper

This assignment is a 2200 - 2400 word written paper on a Human Resource Manager. Just in case it doesn't show everything here I am attaching a file that also explains what is required.

This assignment provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of leadership by evaluating the skills, values, methods, and performance of someone in a leadership position. Through a personal interview, the student will determine the leader’s strengths and weakness, accomplishments and failures, but, most importantly, how that individual’s approach to leadership conforms or diverges from the model presented by Kouzes and Posner in The Leadership Challenge. In a written report, the student will comment on the leader’s compliance with the Kouzes and Posner model, and provide recommendations on how that individual could improve his or her leadership in light of this model. For more information on the Leadership Challenge model, you can visit the website. Finally, students will have an opportunity to reflect on the experience and describe what they learned and how it will help them in their leadership journey.

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To successfully complete this assignment, students will have to perform the following:

  • Select a leader to interview. You should select someone who is a leader in your major/discipline. [Note: Exceptions to this should be cleared with your professor.] For example, if you are a literature major, you may want to interview a teacher or the leader of a literacy advocacy group; as a government major, you may want to interview a local council member or mayor; as a Christian ministry major, you may want to interview a pastor or local ministry leader. This assignment is designed to help you understand leadership in the field you have chosen; please make every effort to make this assignment relevant to you. Be sure to inform your interviewee that the interview and the paper will be held in strictest confidence and will only be shared with your professor.
  • Submit your selection for leadership interviewee through the designated discussion board forum in the Community area of Blackboard. You must submit this to your professor by no later than the last day of Week 2. Your professor will approve your choice or contact you to discuss other options.
  • Once your interview choice has been approved, contact the leader and determine a date and time for the interview. The interview can be in-person, on the phone, or through internet video conferencing (e.g., Skype) and should be about 30 minutes in length (it can be longer if the interviewee agrees; please be respectful of his or her time). To prepare for your interview, you may review the contents of this website, or find similar resources that offer interview guidelines.
  • Prepare at least seven (7) interview questions: remember, the questions need to relate to the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and must help you determine the interviewee’s leadership style and evaluate how closely he or she reflects the model. The following questions are adapted (with additions) from Kouzes and Posner’s online resource, The Student Leadership Challenge. You may use the questions from this list or develop your own:
  • Conduct the interview and take notes on the responses you received during the interview. Also, note the date, time, and location of the interview.
  • The paper will consist of four (4) main sections: (1) a report, (2) a reflective essay, (3) references, and (4) appendix:
    • The report should be about 1500 words in length and comprised of the following: (i) introduction, (ii) brief summary of the results of your interview, (iii) a critique of the leader, including strengths and/or weaknesses in light of the Kouzes and Posner model, and (iv) your recommendations for improvement. Use additional resources (e.g., books, articles, etc.) to support your recommendations, as needed.
    • The reflection essay portion of the paper should be about 500 – 750 words: write an essay on what you learned from this leadership interview. This should not be a repeat of the report section, but an overview of what you learned and how you can use this information in your own leadership experiences. Be sure to tie in the themes from The Leadership Challenge model and the other texts and resources from the course on character, culture, and service, including the results of the Christian Character Index and your initial definition of leadership offered in Week 1.
    • In an appendix, include the notes from the interview (questions and answers), date, time, and location.
    • A reference section or bibliography must be included (refer to the syllabus for appropriate writing and reference style).
  • What does leadership mean to you?
  • What strengths do you believe you have as a leader? Weaknesses?
  • What has been your greatest influence as a leader?
  • Do you believe that leaders should make other people feel strong and confident? If so, what do you do to help others feel this way?
  • Do you think it is important to delegate? If so, why?
  • What are three or four actions you believe are essential to enable others to be successful?
  • What advice do you have for building relationships and trust in a group or organization?
  • How would you describe your leadership style (e.g., servant leadership)? If so, how do you demonstrate that leadership style in your organization or group?
  • What are your core values and how are they reflected in what you do as a leader?
  • How do you facilitate improvement, manage change, and deal with mistakes in your group or organization? How do you deal with your own mistakes?
  • How do you manage conflict within your group or organization?

This Leadership Interview and Reflection Paper should be approximately 2200-2400 words in length, and include the following sections: (1) introduction, (2) brief overview of the leader (3) main body (addressing questions),+ Biblical verses included (4) reflection section,+ Biblical verses (5) conclusion,+ Biblical verses and (6) references (not included in word count) and using APA formatting.

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Leadership Project (Part 2): Leadership Interview and Reflection Paper This assignment is a 2200 - 2400 word written paper on a Human Resource Manager. Just in case it doesn't show everything here I am attaching a file that also explains what is required. This assignment provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of leadership by evaluating the skills, values, methods, and performance of someone in a leadership position. Through a personal interview, the student will determine the leader’s strengths and weakness, accomplishments and failures, but, most importantly, how that individual’s approach to leadership conforms or diverges from the model presented by Kouzes and Posner in The Leadership Challenge. In a written report, the student will comment on the leader’s compliance with the Kouzes and Posner model, and provide recommendations on how that individual could improve his or her leadership in light of this model. For more information on the Leadership Challenge model, you can visit the website. Finally, students will have an opportunity to reflect on the experience and describe what they learned and how it will help them in their leadership journey. Description To successfully complete this assignment, students will have to perform the following: 1) Select a leader to interview. You should select someone who is a leader in your major/discipline. [Note: Exceptions to this should be cleared with your professor.] For example, if you are a literature major, you may want to interview a teacher or the leader of a literacy advocacy group; as a government major, you may want to interview a local council member or mayor; as a Christian ministry major, you may want to interview a pastor or local ministry leader. This assignment is designed to help you understand leadership in the field you have chosen; please make every effort to make this assignment relevant to you. Be sure to inform your interviewee that the interview and the paper will be held in strictest confidence and will only be shared with your professor. 2) Submit your selection for leadership interviewee through the designated discussion board forum in the Community area of Blackboard. You must submit this to your professor by no later than the last day of Week 2. Your professor will approve your choice or contact you to discuss other options. 3) Once your interview choice has been approved, contact the leader and determine a date and time for the interview. The interview can be in-person, on the phone, or through internet video conferencing (e.g., Skype) and should be about 30 minutes in length (it can be longer if the interviewee agrees; please be respectful of his or her time). To prepare for your interview, you may review the contents of this website, or find similar resources that offer interview guidelines. 4) Prepare at least seven (7) interview questions: remember, the questions need to relate to the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and must help you determine the interviewee’s leadership style and evaluate how closely he or she reflects the model. The following questions are adapted (with additions) from Kouzes and Posner’s online resource, The Student Leadership Challenge. You may use the questions from this list or develop your own: • What does leadership mean to you? • What strengths do you believe you have as a leader? Weaknesses? 1|Page • • What has been your greatest influence as a leader? Do you believe that leaders should make other people feel strong and confident? If so, what do you do to help others feel this way? • Do you think it is important to delegate? If so, why? • What are three or four actions you believe are essential to enable others to be successful? • What advice do you have for building relationships and trust in a group or organization? • How would you describe your leadership style (e.g., servant leadership)? If so, how do you demonstrate that leadership style in your organization or group? • What are your core values and how are they reflected in what you do as a leader? • How do you facilitate improvement, manage change, and deal with mistakes in your group or organization? How do you deal with your own mistakes? • How do you manage conflict within your group or organization? 5) Conduct the interview and take notes on the responses you received during the interview. Also, note the date, time, and location of the interview. 6) The paper will consist of four (4) main sections: (1) a report, (2) a reflective essay, (3) references, and (4) appendix: a. The report should be about 1500 words in length and comprised of the following: (i) introduction, (ii) brief summary of the results of your interview, (iii) a critique of the leader, including strengths and/or weaknesses in light of the Kouzes and Posner model, and (iv) your recommendations for improvement. Use additional resources (e.g., books, articles, etc.) to support your recommendations, as needed. b. The reflection essay portion of the paper should be about 500 – 750 words: write an essay on what you learned from this leadership interview. This should not be a repeat of the report section, but an overview of what you learned and how you can use this information in your own leadership experiences. Be sure to tie in the themes from The Leadership Challenge model and the other texts and resources from the course on character, culture, and service, including the results of the Christian Character Index and your initial definition of leadership offered in Week 1. c. In an appendix, include the notes from the interview (questions and answers), date, time, and location. d. A reference section or bibliography must be included (refer to the syllabus for appropriate writing and reference style). This Leadership Interview and Reflection Paper should be approximately 2200-2400 words in length, and include the following sections: (1) introduction, (2) brief overview of the leader (3) main body (addressing questions),+ Biblical verses included (4) reflection section,+ Biblical verses (5) conclusion,+ Biblical verses and (6) references (not included in word count) and using APA formatting. 2|Page Leadership Interview Project Rubric Dimension Content Criteria Points Possible The project demonstrates knowledge of leadership and course materials by including The Leadership Challenge model practices and commitments into the analysis and evaluation of the selected leader. Strengths and weaknesses are assessed in light of the Kouzes and Posner model. Other course and non-course resources are appropriately applied and incorporated into the project. 20 Demonstrates clear knowledge of the basic themes and truths of the Old and New Testaments and the basic beliefs of Christianity, and a clear statement and application of a Christian worldview. 10 The reflection portion of the project identifies specific learned lessons from the experience and applies these lessons to the student’s leadership growth. The reflection portion reevaluates leadership from a personal perspective and incorporates the course materials and themes. 20 Points Assigned Comments: Faith Integration Comments: Reflection Comments: 3|Page Communication The project develops appropriate structure for communicating the topic, incorporating a variety of quality sources. A clear introduction sets the stage for the reader to know what specific issue(s) the project is addressing. The project communicates information in a logical, interesting sequence organized with smooth transitions that the reader can easily follow. The project demonstrates an exceptional adherence to selected style (e.g., APA), flow, grammar, punctuation, word-smithing, and correct use of the word-processor to handle formatting (zero errors). The work strictly adheres to the format outlined in the assignment description. 15 The project demonstrates exceptional quality through the use of a clear and logical progression of points and conclusions with evidence that the student understands and applies critical thinking. The project demonstrates the ability to accurately interpret statements, evidence, and other information. The project thoughtfully analyzes and evaluates information and constructs persuasive and compelling arguments. The work draws warranted, judicious, non-fallacious conclusions. 15 The project presents information, concepts, conclusions, etc., so that the 20 Comments: Critical Thinking Comments: Applicability/Practicality 4|Page interviewee could use the information to improve/transform their lives and the organizations in which they serve. The project presents clear, actionable, and practical steps that are readily transferable to leader’s organizational context. The project provides clear evidence that the recommendations have been tailored to the specific leader. Comments: Late points Total 0.00 100.00 Overall comments: 5|Page
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Leadership Interview and Reflection Paper
Thesis statement: One of the leaders that I am very fond of is the human resource manager of our
institution. He is a very hard-working man, but I had to conduct a one on one interview with him
to know some of his strengths and weaknesses.
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Introduction

III.

Summary of the Interview with the Human Resource Manager
Critique of the Leader in Light of the Kouzes and Posner Model
a) Strengths of the leader
b) Weaknesses of the leader
c) Recommendations for improvement

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Reflection Section
Conclusions


Running head: LEADERSHIP INTERVIEW AND REFLECTION PAPER

Leadership Interview and Reflection Paper
Institution Affiliation
Date

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Introduction
Leadership refers to the state or action of heading a group of people or an organization.
There are different types of leadership and leadership styles that are used in the giving of
direction to the people being led. The different leadership styles that exist include authoritarian,
democratic, team leadership among others there also exists a model that was presented by
Kouzes and Posner in The Leadership Challenge. This challenge uses case studies and examples
to examine where a particular leader exhibits exemplary leadership practices. According to the
model, there are five practices to gauge a leader which include modeling the way, inspiring of a
shared vision, ability to challenge the process, enabling of others to act and lastly the
encouraging of the heart (Kallenberg, 2011). One of the leaders that I am very fond of is the
human resource manager of our institution. He is a very hard working man, but I had to conduct
a one on one interview with him to know some of his strengths and weaknesses.
Summary of the Interview with the Human Resource Manager
To better understand the leader I chose to prepare different questions that he responded to
in the best way possible. To remain ethical, I informed him that the response he would provide
would not be shared with anyone else apart from my professor. The first question was about his
overall view about leadership, and he said that leadership was all about devotion commitment
and sacrificed towards the achievement of the organizational goals. Another question during the
interview was about the different strengths that he had as a leader and some of the ways that he
felt he had influenced the institution towards its growth. I also wanted him to respond to whether
a leader has a part to play in the growth of their colleagues and the people that they are mandated
to lead. Additionally, the human resource manager stated some of the weaknesses that he felt
were pulling him down from hitting greater heights.

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During the interview I also wanted the leader to describe his overall leadership style and
also to give a brief description of how the institution he led was being governed. He also gave an
insight on how he facilitates improvement, manages change, and deals with mistakes the
institution. Lastly, I concluded the interview by asking the human resource manager on the
different ways that he uses to handle and manage conflicts in the instance that they arise.
Critique of the Leader in Light of the Kouzes and Posner Model
At the end of the interview, I was able to gather a lot of information on the leader, the
institution he leads and the leadership topic at large. From the results of the interview, I was also
able to formulate a report which provided a crit...


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