leadership in the social sciences
Student internal use onl y M O V I N G F O R W A R D , T H I N K I N G A H E A D . Assignment Planning Postgrad uate Diploma in Business Administration Subject Name: Leaders & the Leadership Process Word Count: 3000 Assignment Objective : The goal in this Assignment is to assess the learner with a better understanding of how to examin e leadership in the social sciences, by exploring different definitions of leadership, examining the tools social scientists use to study leadership, and comparing and contrasting theories of leader qualities and the leadership processes. Assignments will be oriented towards applying these concepts and t heories to workplaces. You will need to: You are requested by a CEO of the listed company to act as the leadership Coach and to report how to compare and contrast the CEO’s companies’ Leadership to be a so cial influence relationship, interactive between two or more people dependent upon one another for the attainment of certain mutual goals, bound together within a group situation. Whether the company’s Leadership to be a dynamic and working relationship , built over time involving an exchange between l eader and follower in which leadership is a resource embedded in the situation, providing direction for goal attainment. Finally, in this report you are asked to demonstrate and to illustrate the social scie ntists how they examine how to be a better unders tand leadership by discussing relevant topics. Upon successful completion of this assignment, the student will be expected to illustrate their abilities, understandings and capable to: 1. Compare and cont rast a number of contemporary models of leadershi p and how they can be applied to various business situations 2. Develop a personal leadership model including values and behaviors. 3. Judge current approaches to effective leadership, such as coaching, p ower and influenc e, leading change, and culture 4. Analyze personal leadership style and approach and create a development plan to impr ove leadership capability 5. Appraise a business challenge or opportunity and design a leadership approach to address the issue. 6. Predict employee performance base d on leadership techn iques used in the workplace Assessment Criteria for a PAS S In order to pass this assignment of assessment , you are requested and required to fully illustrate your understanding abou t the topics shown herebelow ( missing one will be failed ) and capable to compare and contrast the key concepts 01 looks at the de finition of leadership, suggests that leadership is a process, and provides some insight into the role played by leaders. 02 continues to explain the meaning of the leadership construct Student internal use onl y M O V I N G F O R W A R D , T H I N K I N G A H E A D . by inquiring about the leader –follower relationship. Trust, quality o f the leader –follower relationship, and justice are three important dimensions that define this relationship. 03 looks at leadership as a psyhological phenomenon, suggesting that effective leaders are individuals who possess the “right stuff.” The qualities and traits associated with effective leadership are reviewed. 04 continues the theme of leader traits and looks specifi cally at the role of sex and gender in the leadership equ ation. 05 asks the question, How do people come to be leaders? The dynamics associated with leader emergence are explored. 06 builds on the suggestion that leadership is an influence process. The b ases of power and forms of influence that leaders use to move followers are examined. 07 explores the suggestion that effective leadership is in part a function of what leaders do. The behaviors that can be used to describe leadership are examined. 08 su ggests that different situations call for different leader behaviors. One leadership style simply does not serve all individuals (followers), nor does it serve all situations within which leaders and their followers find themselves embedded. Two pillars of situational theory are examined —Fiedler’s contingency theory and House’s path – goal theory. 09 continues the theme that “it all depends upon the situation,” or“every situation is different.” This chapter asks if leadership style and effectiveness are bo un d by cultural dissimilarities 10 reinforces the notion that the follower plays a powerful role in the leadership process. The follower is not a passive part of the leadership formula and, in fact, the attributes and behaviors of the follower frequently serve to shape the leadership process. 11 explores the long -standing interest in participative leadership. Issues surrounding the theoretical reasons for the use of participative leadership and insight into the relationship between participation and leade r effectiveness are explored. 12 suggests that there are substitutes for leadership. While it is easy to conclude that leadership is always necessary, the readings in this chapter suggest that there are situational factors that can serve as substitutes for, neutralizers of, and enhancers of leaders and their behaviors. 13 provide insight into the nature and character of the charismatic and the transformational leaders. 14 provide insight into the nature and character of the charismatic and the transformat ional leaders. 15 recognize that leadership is not always a positive force. The readings in this chapter suggest that there are a number of potentially dysfunctional aspects associated with leadership. 16 focuses, in general, on the issue of positive lea dership or what som e might think of as morality in (and) leadership. There are four related themes discussed here — spiritual, ethical, authentic, and servant leadership.