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Writing Resources for WMBA 6000: Dynamic Leadership:
Week Five

Read Critically and Manage Assignment Time

  • Critical reading is extremely important this week, as you are being asked to determine which account(s) resonated with you for your Shared Practice assignment, "Will Your Passion Find Purpose?". By day 3, you will want to select a leadership account and explain how this account supports or refutes concepts of leadership you've explored in the course thus far. Like many of your previous discussion posts, you are being asked to summarize (detail the specific account) and then analyze (explore relationships by comparing that account to course readings and your own values, ethics, and goals as a leader). The final component of this assignment requires a conclusion that connects the readings to creating positive social change in a leadership role. Don't forget to respond to your colleagues' posts by day 5 of this week. 
  • On day 7 of this week, you are responsible for turning in the first formal assignment, your "Individual Reflection: Reflecting on Leadership Styles, Part II".  In this paper, you should not only use the APA guidelines included in the template (provided by your instructor), but you should also make sure that your paper is organized to include these important bullet points:
    • A summary of the reasons why you chose each leader for this paper.
    • Your analysis of how their behaviors and actions were consistent, or not, with contingency theory and the styles referred to in Goleman (2000), Bjugstad et al. (2006), and at least one other resource that you selected from the water cooler discussion in Week 4. In other words, you will explain how the leadership styles of each leader aligned, or did not align, to the challenges they faced.
    • Your analysis on the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of each leader you selected.
    • An analysis of the reasons you, or others, chose to follow, or not to follow, these leaders and the risks you and others take when making this choice.

If you find yourself struggling of how to begin writing your paper, be sure to watch the Writing Center webinar titled "The life cycle of a paper."


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