Leadership analysis paper: oliver north

Students will choose and conduct a leader assessment of a public (not a relative or friend) person.  Here are the requirements of this leader assessment:

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1.  Please use APA format for your paper to include cover sheet and reference page (if references are used). 

2.  Students must cite five primary sources in the bibliography.  A primary source is a book on that person, an article out of an academic journal (Newsweek, US New and World Report, Time, etc. are NOT academic journals) or another written essay on that person. The key is use publications created by authors who directly observed the public figure. Internet articles are usually not primary sources!

3.  Students evaluate their leader by analyzing the leader’s behaviors using the Five Practices of Effective Leaders by Kouzes and Posner; Students should have approximately one page of analysis for each practice.

4.  Students must describe how their leader illustrated one leadership theory studied during the course of this semester.  For example, Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style used situational leadership by…  This analysis should take approximately one page.

5. Speculate on this person’s DISC profile, their dominant three strengths from Strengthsfinder, and the four letter personality profile. Provide a summary of what you believe, based on your research, their DISC profile would represent, three strengths that Strengthsfinder may have identified, and their probable personality profile (four letter code) and why. This should take approximately one page.

6.  Students should also provide a brief overview and conclusion of their leader. The introduction should include a short personal history of where they were born, where they grew up, challenges in their life, etc.  This should be no more than one page for both the introduction and conclusion.

7.  The total length of this analysis is eight pages of written text, (plus or minus one page), plus the cover sheet, and references. 

Grading Rubric for the Leader Analysis Paper.

30 Points:  brief, personal, biographical sketch of the person–where they were born, when, what their childhood was like, who they married, etc._______

150 Points:  analysis of the person’s leadership according to the Five Exemplary Practices of Leaders: 

 – Model the Way: 30 points

 – Inspire a shared Vision: 30 points

 – Challenge the Process: 30 points

 – Enable Others to Act: 30 points

 – Encourage the Heart: 30 points

For this, students may must address each practice and should focus on those practices that their person best illustrates.  For example, Theodore Roosevelt was very charismatic and illustrated Model the Way effectively, much more than he Enabled Others to Act.  Students should acknowledge that Roosevelt did not enable others to act very well and offer possible reasons why he did not, then focus his/her comments on Model the Way. 

20 Points: discussion of other leadership concepts, theories, models, or other aspects___

30 Points: Speculate on this person’s DISC profile, their dominate three strengths from Strengthsfinder, and the four -letter personality profile. _____

20 Points: eight pages of text (+/- one page)__________

50 Points: Overall impression: APA Style, quality of writing_________

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