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Leadership Paper


Personal Mission Statement (1 or 2

paragraphs; 10 points):

One of the most important aspects of

Leadership is self-knowledge and particular

awareness of your priorities and values.

While there is no unique format or formula

for creating your personal mission

statement, the following guidelines may be


Keep it simple, clear, and brief. Your mission

statement should touch upon what you want

to focus on and who you want to become as a

person (character) in this part of your life.

Think about specific actions, behaviors,

habits, and qualities that would have a

significant positive impact. Make sure your

mission statement is positive. Instead of

saying what you don’t want to do or don’t

want to be, say what you do want to do or

become. Include positive behaviors,

character traits, and values that you consider

particularly important and want to develop

further. Think about how your actions,

habits, behavior, and character traits in this

area affect the important relationships in

your life. Create a mission statement that

will guide you in your day-to-day actions and

decisions. Think about how your mission

affects the other areas of your life. Is it

balanced? Including an emotional payoff in

your mission statement infuses it with

passion and will make it even more

compelling, inspiring, and energizing.

Remember that your mission statement is

not cast in stone. It will continue to change

and evolve as you gain insights about

yourself and what you want out of each part

of your life.

B. Leadership Style Interview (5-6 full pages:

45 points)

Choose someone who has had experience in

leading within an organization and ask them

if you could interview them by phone or in person. The interview should take about 30

minutes. Be sure to take notes during the


Use the following questions when you

conduct the interview (feel free to ask other

questions as well):

1. Ask the leader to consider a time when

they faced a challenging situation at

work that demanded that they grow as a

leader. Ask them to briefly describe the

situation. Why was it challenging and

what was at stake? What tensions and

conflicts were at play?

2. Ask them to explain the three (or more)

most important actions they took as a

leader to address the situation. What

were the kinds of things they did that

made a difference? How did they decide

on a best course of action? Who helped

them to formulate a strategy?

3. Ask the leader what kind of resistance

did they face and from whom? How did

they overcome that resistance? In

hindsight, what, if anything, might they

have done differently?

4. Ask them to speak personally and

comment on how they were feeling

entering the situation and how their feelings may have changed during the


5. Ask them to share some of their own

thoughts on what they think it means to

be an effective leader.

After the interview, thank them for their

time and be sure to send them a personalized

thank you note.

6. Once you have completed this

interview, the next step is to write your

analysis, please include the following:

B A Mini Bio describing the person

interviewed (less than 5 lines) may be

inserted either here or at the beginning of

your leadership interview section B.

A How do you know this leader? How did you

get the interview?

A Was it a pleasant experience or did you

think it was hard?

> Will there be any follow-up?

7.NEXT – Write a description of the

situation, the leader’s tactics/strategies and outcomes, as well as your own conclusion

summarizing what the key learning points

that emerged for you from this interview.

What did you learn about their leadership

styles? Cite in-text APA style any 5

Leadership concepts, topics, models,

theories, etc. discussed within the 18

chapters in the eBook class text to your

interviewee’s style of leadership. What did

you learn about yourself? How did this

interview help to foster your own philosophy

of leadership?

8. Your interview summary should be 5-6

pages in length, double-spaced, 1″

margins, size 12 font with complete

sentences and proper spelling and

grammar and should represent a

written presentation of the interview.

C. My Story_(5-6 full pages: 45 points)

Imagine someone interested in writing your

biography is interviewing you. What would

you say that you would want the world to

know about you? What are the “a-ha” moments that have led you to be the person

you are today? For this assignment, you are

not encouraged to write your life story.

Rather, I would like you to capture three

stories that have had a profound impact on

you and are guiding forces in your current


Each story should include the following


1.A brief description of the “event”

2.What sense you make out of the experience

(lessons learned)

3.How you are changed as a result of the


4.Last, there should be a one-page reflection

of how these three stories have shaped and

changed you in the context of leadership.

Some questions to consider exploring include

(these are to help you think about what you

want to write. You do not have to answer all

the following questions.): What is your

family history? What are your family traditions and customs? How have these

factors influenced your life and perceptions

of leadership? Do you have any social

identities that influence your actions in the

context of leadership? When was the first

time you realized your leadership potential?

Are there any influences outside of your

family that have shaped your values and

philosophy of leadership? What about the

imperfect moments or mistakes that shaped

the content of your character? How have

mentors and critical incidents transformed


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