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:
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
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
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