Assignment: 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. 

Module Readings:

Complete the following readings early in the module:

  • Read the overview for Module 
  • From the textbook, The leadership challenge (5th ed.), read the following chapters:
    • Set the Example
    • Strengthen Others
    • Recognize Contributions
  • From the Internet, read the following: 
    • Sharlow, B. (2010). Leadership style. Retrieved from
    • From the Argosy University online library resources, search for and  read at least two more articles on “Transformational Leadership” to be  prepared to discuss the concepts of this topic.

Write a 3–5-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Plagiarism Free, Turn-in on time, All Assignment details and Qualifications followed, Grading Criteria & Points Followed,  Indented Paragraphs, Running-heads included, Pages Numbered, Cover page included, Reference Page included,  

Apply APA standards to citation of sources.  main heading should be  centered; all new paragraphs should be indented;   paper should have  been right ragged, not right justified; references,   should always go  on a standalone page. abstracts are not usually  indented; should be  right ragged, and not right justified.  acronyms  should be spelled out  when using them for the first time, for example  HR.   references as  listed are APA standard.   When you  submit your  papers through, you overall  similarity  index  score  should not be  exceedingly high, with ten to  fifteen percent  being  the  maximum,    acronyms should be spelled out  when using them for the   first time,  for example HR,  abstracts are not  usually indented;  should  be right  ragged, and not right justified,   Please work on your  APA  formatting  of citations. I have provided the  APA resource cite for  you.,    Please work on using literature within the span of the last 5 years,   keep in mind there should not be any one, two, or three sentence   paragraphs.  

By Tuesday May 1, 2018 deliver your assignment to the Submissions Area.

Assignment Grading Criteria  & Maximum Points:  

Explained  how this leader has been influential and why you think the leader is  effective showing analysis of the leader’s characteristics or qualities.  16pts.    

Analyzed the characteristics or qualities the leader possesses that have affected you most..  16pts.    

Rated your leader using a leadership scorecard and supported your rationale for your rating.  32pts.    

Critiqued the leader’s individual skills against your required readings.  24pts.    

Wrote  in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical  scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources;  displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  12pts.    

Total:  100 


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